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Ireland - Speaking the Language
Nearly everyone in Ireland speaks English. However, if you keep your ears open it is not unusual to hear people speaking in various languages from all over the world. Irish cities are quite cosmopolitan and have people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities.
Gaelic is one of the oldest and most historic written languages in the world. In Irish speaking regions, this beautiful language can be heard poetically flowing in schools across the country and throughout the streets.
As soon as you land in Ireland, keep your eyes open because you will be introduced to Irish almost as soon as you arrive, since all road signs in Ireland are in both Irish and English. Even though English is the primary language used in the republic of Ireland, the Irish people have put their own twist to it and developed what is known as Hiberno-English. It blends Irish grammatical styling into the English language.
In Gaelic-speaking areas, most of the people you will speak with are likely to use a few Gaelic terms in their conversations and they always appreciate any effort you make to speak the local language.
Languages in Northern Ireland
English is mainly the first language in Northern Ireland. However, Irish and Ullans (Ulster-Scots) are both recognized as culturally significant. In Belfast, you will find both the arts and culture Centre of Irish in Cultúrlann and the Ulster-Scots language society, which showcase Ulster-Scots writings.
Ullans is a variant of the Scottish language. It originated from Scots who settled in Ulster in the early 17th century. As part of the West Germanic family of languages, this language has a lovely lyrical tone and has been recently introduced in various universities in Ireland.
Resources For Expats Who Want To Learn English Or Irish Gaelic
The Atlas language school, Dublin
Telephone (+353 1) 4782845
Ice Ireland Language School
Irish College of English, along 6 Church Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin, K36 KF21, Ireland.
Telephone +353 1 8453744 or +353 1 8453733.
English language Ireland Language School
Schoolhouse along O’Brien Rd, Carlow.
Telephone +353 59 9140227
Wexford Language School
Kinsella Castle, Slaney Manor Ferrycarrig, Wexford
Telephone + 353 (0) 53 9120881
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