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Irish language gains popularity among US students
BBC News ^ | March 15, 2012 | unattributed

Posted on 03/17/2012 10:14:41 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

St Patrick's Day has always been a time when Americans have acknowledged their Irish roots, whether real or desired, by celebrating Irish culture in a variety of ways.

Some say there is no better window to understanding Irish culture than language.

While the Irish language has struggled to survive alongside the more dominant English language, one man from Ireland is helping to lead a modest revival in the US.

Through his efforts, a growing number of Irish Americans are forging stronger ties to their Hibernian ancestors.

The BBC heard from Ronan Connolly who teaches Irish language classes at Catholic University in Washington DC -- sharing his passion for Gaelic and his own Irish heritage with students of all ages.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: epigraphyandlanguage; fartyshadesofgreen; gaelic; godsgravesglyphs
(it's mostly a link to a streaming vid when you visit the original)

Irish language gains popularity among US students

1 posted on 03/17/2012 10:14:49 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

It is a beautiful language and the language of my ancestors.

When I hear it spoken or sung I have a deep emotional reaction.


2 posted on 03/17/2012 10:16:03 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Spoiler Alert! The secret to Terra Nova: THEY ARE ALL DEAD!!!)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Happy St Patrick's Day!

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


3 posted on 03/17/2012 10:18:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: SunkenCiv
How cool!!

Here is a song from the 11th century, sung in the original 11th century Irish:

I Am Eve

4 posted on 03/17/2012 10:25:26 AM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta ("....in the last days, mockers will come with their mocking... (2 Peter 3:3))
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To: SunkenCiv

But will it help me learn to talk like a pirate?


5 posted on 03/17/2012 10:31:17 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SunkenCiv

These Celtic languages are really tough. It’s a bunch of difficult sounds and complicated grammar.

Only Irish, Manx, and Scots Gaelic are close to each other, Welsh, Breton, and Cornish are off on a different tree.


6 posted on 03/17/2012 10:32:25 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: SunkenCiv
My husband, Pat, passed away Feb. 11. St. Patrick's Day is his favorite day of the year, and he always went all out to celebrate. For his birthday one year, I had a friend do a caricature of him. The picture is a perfect caricature.
7 posted on 03/17/2012 10:32:32 AM PDT by Jaidyn
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To: freedumb2003

The language that was spoken by my Irish ancestors was Low Land Scots, driven from Ireland by the Rack Rents in 1703.


8 posted on 03/17/2012 10:33:27 AM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
is international-talk-like-a-pirate-day, still on Sept. 19?
iirc, it wasn't posted last year...or i must've missed it. :-\

9 posted on 03/17/2012 10:38:17 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Simple: Kill the terrorists, Protect (all) the borders, ridicule all the (surviving) Liberals :^)
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To: Jaidyn

I am sorry for your loss.

I am sure it was because of the “luck of the Irish” he found you.


10 posted on 03/17/2012 10:44:48 AM PDT by JohnG45
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To: GiovannaNicoletta
*cue-up/*
theme to Last of the Mohicans...otherwise known as "the Gael"
*/cue-up*
beautiful rendition on u-tube keywords "last of the Mohicans;felixps0000"

11 posted on 03/17/2012 10:51:39 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Simple: Kill the terrorists, Protect (all) the borders, ridicule all the (surviving) Liberals :^)
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To: skinkinthegrass

I think so!
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/


12 posted on 03/17/2012 10:52:23 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SunkenCiv

“Erin go braugh” (Gaelic sex talk/foreplay: “Brace yourself lass.”)


13 posted on 03/17/2012 11:11:36 AM PDT by tumblindice (our new, happy lives)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
arghhh... so it is!! *LOL* :-D
that fist-puppet (a-la-cartman...classic :-)

14 posted on 03/17/2012 11:23:09 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Simple: Kill the terrorists, Protect (all) the borders, ridicule all the (surviving) Liberals :^)
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To: SunkenCiv

bookmark


15 posted on 03/17/2012 11:25:53 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: JohnG45
I am sure it was because of the “luck of the Irish” he found you.

Thank you! I'd like to think it is the luck of the Irish! We sure had a lot of fun!

16 posted on 03/17/2012 11:41:42 AM PDT by Jaidyn
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To: SunkenCiv
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona le mo chairde ar saor in aisce poblacht !

¡ ɔıןqndǝɹ ǝǝɹɟ uo spuǝıɹɟ ʎɯ oʇ ʎɐp sʞɔıɹʇɐd ʇs ʎddɐɥ

17 posted on 03/17/2012 12:03:41 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: SunkenCiv

The University where I work introduced Irish as a language option four years ago. The class typically fills to a capacity of 20, by the time the last day comes to ‘drop without a grade” half the class is out. Come second semester, only 5-6 typically continue. Looks difficult but one of these years I am going to give it a shot.


18 posted on 03/17/2012 12:16:48 PM PDT by pineybill
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To: pineybill

wouldn’t it be more proper to call it Gaelic? There is no “Irish” language. Irish Gaels maybe?


19 posted on 03/17/2012 12:47:13 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: SunkenCiv; a fool in paradise

IBIJ (In Before Irish Jokes!)


20 posted on 03/17/2012 12:52:12 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SunkenCiv
Cha d'dhùin doras nach d'fhosgail doras, Sláinte!
21 posted on 03/17/2012 12:52:54 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: freedumb2003; SunkenCiv

Irish and Vietnamese are the two languages created by God for women’s tongues and men’s ears.


22 posted on 03/17/2012 2:34:48 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khach hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: Mmogamer

It is usually called “Irish” these days outside of Ireland.


23 posted on 03/17/2012 5:53:05 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Jack Hydrazine

A pirate? Sure and wouldn’t we all live a bit better if we were blessed with these

“Now you will receive us.

We do not ask for your poor or your hungry. We do not want your tired and sick. It is your corrupt we claim. It is your evil that will be sought by us. With every breath, we shall hunt them down. Each day we will spill their blood til it rains down from the skies.

Do not kill, do not rape, do not steal, these are principles which every man of every faith can embrace. These are not polite suggestions — these are codes of behavior. And those of you that ignore them will pay the dearest cost.

There are varying degrees of evil, we urge you lesser forms of filth not to push the bounds and cross over into true corruption, into our domain. But if you do, one day you will look behind you and you will see we three and on that day you will reap it. And we will send you to which ever god you wish.

And shepherds we shall be, for thee my Lord for thee, power hath descended forth from thy hand, that our feet may swiftly carry out thy command. We shall flow a river forth to thee, and teeming with souls shall it ever be. In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti.

-The Boondock Saints”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/03/16/celebrate-st-patricks-day-with-saints


24 posted on 03/17/2012 5:58:12 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Jaidyn

My condolences.


25 posted on 03/17/2012 6:01:19 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I have a problem with people who define themselves as hyphenated Americans.

Be American or be gone.


26 posted on 03/17/2012 6:07:41 PM PDT by ZULU (LIBERATE HAGIA SOPHIA!!!!!)
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To: Jaidyn

So sorry about the loss of your beloved. I pray The LORD comfort you and keep you in a way that allows you to be constantly aware of His deep love and care.


27 posted on 03/17/2012 8:43:59 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: ZULU

I’m just grateful that there’s no country *named* Hyphen, or any immigrants here from the Hyphen nation. “Hi, I’m a Hyphen-American.”


28 posted on 03/17/2012 9:43:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: ThanhPhero

:”)


29 posted on 03/17/2012 9:47:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: vladimir998

It’s the same issue with the language spoken in China. Most people around the world call it “Chinese”, but the predominant language in China is actually called “Mandarin”.


30 posted on 03/17/2012 9:55:30 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Revolting cat!

Two Irish guys walk out of a pub.

Hey, it could happen!

Two Irish guys were sitting on the ground.

One fell off.

(hey, it’s okay to hit one’s own)


31 posted on 03/17/2012 10:12:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: tumblindice

I thought that was “Erin go bra-less”?


32 posted on 03/17/2012 10:13:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

And what we call Chinese food, the Chinese just call food. It’s weird.


33 posted on 03/17/2012 10:16:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: GiovannaNicoletta; proxy_user; Jaidyn; Little Bill; pineybill

Thanks!


34 posted on 03/17/2012 10:16:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: Jack Hydrazine; skinkinthegrass; combat_boots

It can’t hurt.


35 posted on 03/17/2012 10:16:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: Squantos; BIGLOOK

I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt and say, many thanks. ;’)


36 posted on 03/17/2012 10:17:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: Mmogamer

I know there are a number of dialects in irish, but doing a quick google (not my knowledge)there seem to be three distinct “gaelics” - Irish gaelic, Scottish gaelic and “manx’, unique to the Isle of Man, extinct but a revival effort is occuring. The Irish branch is typically just referred to as “Irish”


37 posted on 03/18/2012 8:31:52 AM PDT by pineybill
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To: Mmogamer

I know there are a number of dialects in irish, but doing a quick google (not my knowledge)there seem to be three distinct “gaelics” - Irish gaelic, Scottish gaelic and “manx’, unique to the Isle of Man, extinct but a revival effort is occuring. The Irish branch is typically just referred to as “Irish”


38 posted on 03/18/2012 8:31:57 AM PDT by pineybill
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To: Mmogamer

I know there are a number of dialects in irish, but doing a quick google (not my knowledge)there seem to be three distinct “gaelics” - Irish gaelic, Scottish gaelic and “manx’, unique to the Isle of Man, extinct but a revival effort is occuring. The Irish branch is typically just referred to as “Irish”


39 posted on 03/18/2012 8:32:00 AM PDT by pineybill
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To: Jaidyn

Hugs to you. I am sorry for your loss.


40 posted on 03/18/2012 9:55:01 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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