Welcome back to part 2 of The Irish Language! In this episode, I’ll be picking up where I left off in Part One. We’ll look at the Irish language’s development in the 20th century and how it’s used today in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Don’t forget to download the PDF guide. This comes with the transcript, vocabulary explanation, extra article (How Irish Broke the Government in Northern Ireland) and a grammar explanation.
This week’s grammar explanation is about the use of words with -ever suffixes (whenever, whatever, whoever etc..). These words are great for showing off that you really have an advanced level of English, so make sure you check it out!
I mention in the podcast that this will probably be my last episode before the arrival of my daughter. I’m currently NINE MONTHS pregnant and it’s time to take some “chill” time and prepare for this new exciting phase in my life. However, don’t worry I’ll be back before long and everything will be bigger and better 😉
I’m working on a lot of improvements and exciting projects that I can’t wait to share with you all in the new year!
Finally, I mentioned the work of the NGO 7,000 voices in the podcast episode. 7,000 languages is an NGO fighting against language extinction by creating free language learning software for communities worldwide. If you would like to learn more about them please visit https://7000.org/about/ and consider making a donation so they can continue their awesome work.
Sources used in this episode:
Zenker, Olaf (2016) “Irish/ness is all around us: Language Revivalism and The Culture of Ethnic Identity in Northern Ireland”
O’Reilly, C. Camille (1999). “The Irish Language in Northern Ireland: The Politics of Culture and Identity.”
Foras na Gaeilge. (2015). “Attitudes towards the Irish Language on the island of Ireland.” https://www.forasnagaeilge.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Attitudes-towards-Irish-2015.pdf