The Irish language resurgence

What connects prisoners and schoolchildren in Northern Ireland? Surprisingly, it’s the move to increase the number of speakers of the Irish language.

The official language of Northern Ireland is English, with Irish and Ulster Scots also spoken by a far smaller proportion of citizens. As of 2011, just 11% of the Northern Irish population said that they had ‘some knowledge of Irish’, behind the 19% of Welsh citizens claiming some knowledge of Welsh, prompting calls from pro-Irish language groups to raise national proficiency of this native language.

In 1970, the first Irish-speaking school, Bunscoil Phobal Feirste, opened in Northern Ireland in an attempt to preserve the language in the local area and to encourage more children to learn Irish amid fears that it may die out under pressures from the far more prevalent English language. To date, there are close to 100 Irish-medium schools in Northern Ireland, and while exam entries remain low, figures have increased slightly in recent years. With post-primary Irish-medium schools receiving state funding, it is clear that this is a cause important to many Irish citizens.

Learning Irish has long been popular among prisoners in Northern Ireland. Learning Irish as a second language allowed inmates to challenge the authority of prison staff by enabling them to hold conversations between themselves without being understood by guards. This meant they could speak about anything without being challenged, forcing guards to learn the language themselves or be left in the dark about inmates’ conversations.

An Irish language pop group, Seo Linn, released a series of tracks covering popular chart hits in the Irish language. Recently they released their first original song in an attempt to fuel interest in the Irish language to connect with younger generations. Exposure to languages in popular culture is a common way to make these languages feel more relevant and up-to-date for teenagers, which can then spark an interest in learning the language.


Do you speak Irish? Would you be interested in learning the heritage language of your country? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Learn Irish For Saint Patrick’s Day!

Start a trend and learn Irish or Irish Gaelic for Saint Patrick’s Day this year. In case you hadn’t noticed all the green celebrations happening on the 17th March, it is Saint Patrick’s Day! This day celebrates Saint Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland. It is a Christian festival inviting you to think about Saint Patrick, as well as loved ones overseas. It is a national holiday in Ireland and a Bank Holiday in Northern Ireland. [Read more…]

The Simpsons Goes Irish

Nancy Cartwright, who voices Bart, attended the premiere of the St. Patrick’s Day special Simpsons episode set in Ireland and greeted the audience saying “Ith mo bhristi” which is Bart’s catchphrase “Eat my shorts” in Irish.
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LANGUAGES D – I (USA)

Here are our recommended language courses for languages D – I.


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Language Best Bet 1 Best Bet 2 Best Bet 3
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D      
Danish Teach Yourself: Danish Rosetta Stone: Danish Pimsleur: Danish
Dutch Michel Thomas: Dutch Rosetta Stone: Dutch Collins: 40 minute Dutch
       
E      
English (American)   Talk Now!: American English  
Esperanto Teach Yourself: Esperanto    
Estonian Teach Yourself: Estonian Talk Now!: Estonian  
       
F      
Farsi (Persian) Pimsleur: Farsi Rosetta Stone: Farsi Pimsleur: Farsi
Finnish Teach Yourself: Finnish Talk Now!: Finnish  
Frisian   Talk Now!: Frisian  
       
G      
Gaelic Teach Yourself: Gaelic    
Galician   Talk Now!: Galician  
Georgian   Talk Now!: Georgian  
German (Swiss) Pimsleur: Swiss German Talk Now!: Swiss Pimsleur: Swiss German
Greek (Ancient) Teach Yourself: Ancient Greek    
Gujurati Teach Yourself: Gujurati Talk Now!: Gujurati  
       
H      
Haitian-Creole Pimsleur: Haitian-Creole   Pimsleur: Haitian Creole
Hausa   Talk Now!: Hausa  
Hawaiian   Talk Now!: Hawaiian  
Hebrew Pimsleur: modern Hebrew Rosetta Stone: Hebrew In-Flight: Hebrew
Hebrew (Biblical) Teach Yourself: Biblical
Hebrew
 
Hungarian Pimsleur: Hungarian Talk Now!: Hungarian In-Flight: Hungarian
       
I      
Icelandic Teach Yourself: Icelandic Talk Now!: Icelandic  
Igbo   Talk Now!: Igbo  
Indonesian Teach Yourself: Indonesian Rosetta Stone: Indonesian Pimsleur: Indonesian
Irish Pimsleur: Irish Talk Now!:Irish Pimsleur: Irish

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Teach Yourself Conversation

Are you lost for words when speaking a language?
Picture the scene: You’ve arrived at the airport in Spain, excitedly clutching your suitcase and sun hat, when you ask an airport official in your best phrasebook Spanish where the taxi rank is. It seems to work as he replies straightaway …… but that’s where the conversation ends!

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This is the newest product from Rosetta Stone.  Learn naturally with its interactive software, audio companion and speech-recognition software to build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. Gain the confidence to master basic conversational skills, including greetings and introductions, questions and answers, shopping and much more. The Rosetta Stone Version 4 TOTALe is available as individual levels or as sets of levels (such as levels 1, 2 & 3, or levels 1-4 or levels 1-5).

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Build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. Gain the confidence to master basic conversational skills, including greetings and introductions, simple questions and answers, shopping and much more.

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languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian,  Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish (Latin American), Tagalog (Filipino)

Navigate your surroundings as you build on the vocabulary and essential language structure in Level 1. Learn to talk about your environment, such as giving and getting directions, using transportation, telling time, dining out, enjoying basic social interactions and much more.

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languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish (Latin America)
method: cd-rom (please check operating system requirements)

Connect with the world around you by building on the language fundamentals and conversational skills you developed in Levels 1 and 2. Learn to share your ideas and opinions, express your feelings and talk about everyday life, your interests, your work, current events, and much more.

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LANGUAGES D – I (UK)

Here are our recommended language courses for languages D – I.


These links will take you to our language course stores – click on the TOP COURSES tab and then use the search box to find your language course.

Language Best Bet 1
Best Bet 2
Best Bet 3
  (audio/book) (cd-rom) (ipod/mp3)
       
D      
Danish Teach Yourself: Danish Rosetta Stone: Danish  
Dutch Michel Thomas: Dutch Rosetta Stone: Dutch Collins: 40 minute Dutch
       
E      
English (American)   Talk Now!: American English  
Esperanto Teach Yourself: Esperanto    
Estonian Teach Yourself: Estonian Talk Now!: Estonian  
       
F      
Farsi (Persian) Teach Yourself: Farsi Rosetta Stone: Farsi  
Finnish Teach Yourself: Finnish Talk Now!: Finnish  
Frisian   Talk Now!: Frisian  
       
G      
Gaelic Teach Yourself: Gaelic    
Galician   Talk Now!: Galician  
Georgian   Talk Now!: Georgian  
German (Swiss)   Talk Now!: Swiss  
Greek (Ancient) Teach Yourself: Ancient Greek    
Gujurati Teach Yourself: Gujurati Talk Now! Gujurati  
       
H      
Haitian-Creole      
Hausa   Talk Now!: Hausa  
Hawaiian   Talk Now!: Hawaiian  
Hebrew Teach Yourself:  Modern Hebrew Rosetta Stone: Hebrew In-Flight: Hebrew
Hebrew (Biblical) Teach Yourself: Biblical
Hebrew
 
Hungarian Teach Yourself:  Hungarian Talk Now!: Hungarian In-Flight: Hungarian
       
I      
Icelandic Teach Yourself: Icelandic Talk Now!: Icelandic  
Igbo   Talk Now!: Igbo  
Indonesian Teach Yourself: Indonesian Rosetta Stone: Indonesian  
Irish Teach Yourself: Irish Talk Now!:Irish  

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