I’ve begun my test drive of all the languages on Duolingo. And the first is Irish. Irish is the native language of Ireland, but is only spoken as a first language by around 80,000 people in Ireland. The country is dominated by English now. But there are more than a million people studying Irish on Duolingo.
Is fear mé.
— I am a man.
This is easy. It’s the same as English, so you don’t need to learn anything. There are some vowels with accents on them, and those alter the pronunciation.
Wow. Difficult! It’s very difficult for a native English speaker to understand how to pronounce the words, as they just don’t seem to follow English rules. This will take a lot of getting used to. The word “fear” is pronounced “far” and it means “man” in English.
Completely different than English. English is Subject-Verb-Object. Irish is Verb-Subject-Object. It takes time to get used to. Also, the thing I find very difficult is verb conjugation.
Irish is difficult! I went through the first few lessons without reviewing, and I retained very little. I had to keep checking to see what the words meant. The language is so foreign to me, that it’s not at all easy to pick up. This is a language that will take considerable time and dedication to learn. But I’ll do it!
Are you interested in studying it? Or can you speak it? Let me know in the comments below.