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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: April 20, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    ‘Language gap’

    Pól Ó Muirí

    Gráinne Faller has a piece in today’s paper, Language gap is the latest threat to jobs, which will be of interest to those have been posting here of late re: the use of Irish and languages in general.

    • aonghus says:

      I wonder has anybody studied the correlation between speaking Irish and being fluent in another language besides English. Certainly I know more people fluent in Irish and another European language than English speakers fleunt in another language.

      But I’m not sure that is representative.

    • Aidan says:

      I have observed the same phenomenon as Aonghus. Any English speakers I know who also speak Irish can speak at least one other language.
      This could be because this group of people spoke ‘real’ Irish in their schooldays e.g. in the Gaeltacht or doing Irish debating. Many schoolchildren in Ireland never speak any language as a proper living language.
      You see this in French/Irish interactions a lot where the Irish people often know far more French than the French do English but the lingua franca is English because the French accept the necessity of using English as a communication tool and the Irish often just take the easy path.

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