I thought you might be interested in learning a bit more about the Irish language, An Caighdeán, as it is called.
It has the status of official language in Ireland, and it is taught in most schools there.
I must say that I found it fascinating, it is so peculiar… have you already watched the video in the previous post about the pronunciation of “hello”, Dia Duit, and “goodbye”, Slan go foill? It’s incredible how the pronunciation of both words differs from the written form!
Irish Gaelic developed from the language spoken by the first inhabitants of the island, and its variations, apart from the differences in the different areas of Ireland (Munster, Connacht, Ulster), also include the languages spoken in Scotland (called Scottish Gaelic) and on the Isle of Man (called Manx).
Apart from its pronunciation, Irish Gaelic has, grammatically speaking, some characteristics that make it rather difficult to learn.
Let’s have a look at its most important features:
– first of all, word order in Irish is verb-subject-object
– it uses two verbs ‘to be”
– adjectives usually follow the noun, as in Italian, but some are also used as prefixes
– differently from English, Irish nouns can have the following cases: common (that is, nominative and accusative), vocative and genitive
– the initial and final consonants are not fixed, but can change
– the alphabet does not contain the letters j,k,q,w,x,y,z
Are you ready for some “bits of Irish”? 😉
Today we’re going to learn counting…