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Learning to speak Celtic

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by slobake, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Been thinking about learning to speak Celtic. Where I would find the time I don't know. Also living here in San Francisco I can't think of a practical reason to learn Celtic. I just think it would be cool to learn the language my ancestors spoke. Can anyone think of a pracitcal reason the learn Celtic? Any reason will help. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
  2. I got nuthin'.
  3. nickbass79


    Nov 11, 2009
    North Carolina
    Do you mean Gaelic?
  4. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Yah, Yah, that's it. You see, I know so little about it I don't even know what it is called.
  5. nickbass79


    Nov 11, 2009
    North Carolina
  6. nortonrider


    Nov 20, 2007
  7. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Practical reasons? I guess so you can read the Tain bo Cuailgne in the original, or pronounce Slainte correctly. That would be about it.
  8. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    That't good enough for me. Thanks Robert I knew you would come through. BTW what's the Tain bo Cuailgne?
  9. JFOC


    Oct 23, 2010
    new hampShire
    The irish illiad. About a cattle raid & reprecussions, and is the story of the epic hero Cú Chulainn

    I've heard that it is a difficult language to learn. On the plus side? You get to have Craic! (means a good time)
  10. Rusty Chainsaw

    Rusty Chainsaw Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2002
    NJ via London
    Irish is actually on the rise again back in Ireland - it used to be that to actually hear anyone use it, you had to go to tiny villages in the northwest of the country our out to the Aran Islands or something, but Gaelscoils (Irish-speaking schools) are getting very popular and most people raised in Ireland know some Irish, even if they don't use it on a day-to-day basis.

    I believe Rosetta Stone do a good course in it, and I'm sure you'll find some local language groups - a quick Google turned up this group on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/SanFranciscoIrishCulture/events/78471402/

    And yes, it's pretty tricky to learn. :)
  11. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Thanks Rusty, I know the place.
  12. Scottish Gaelic is pretty dead in the water, though a friend of mine did study it at university (for some reason).
  13. Mossiebass


    Nov 15, 2012
    Cork, Ireland
    I'm Irish, and believe me, you don't need to put yourself through this. Sure, everyone in Ireland has a few words as gaeilge but I think I've had maybe one (?) conversation in Irish ever. It's unbelievably difficult and varies so much. If I tried to speak Irish with someone in the West, we'd be speaking different languages completely. And I've been forced to study it for almost 15 years.
  14. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    We get the Irish feed of Sky TV here and they a have quite a few Gaelic programs, including a daily news feed.
  15. If You are Irish, I think You should be able to speak Your own language. Who else would? I think it´s great that You are interested! Know Your roots!!

    Besides, my friend Eoin says that once it was forbidden in Ireland to speak gaelic and thats the reason it almost disappeared. The bigger the reason not allowing it to disappear...

    Just my 2c
  16. Mossiebass


    Nov 15, 2012
    Cork, Ireland
    It vanished because we needed to find work, and English was the language of industry. The Irish language taught now is completely different from what was spoken back then anyway.
  17. seventhson

    seventhson Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Rosetta Stone has Gaelic.
  18. Funny!

  19. Nahguavkire


    Sep 28, 2012
    Firstly no Irish person will ever refer to the language as "gaelic". You can call it gaeilge or Irish.

    Secondly Tain bo cuailgne in it's original form would have been written in old Irish so you won't be able to read it after learning a "cupla focail as gaeilge".

    It's a nice idea to be able to learn it but realistically unless you find someone to speak it with it's utterly pointless. Your best bet is to look around the San Francisco area for a GAA club or Irish club of some sort.

    Luckily for you due to the recession and all 'round useless economy in Ireland at the moment there has been mass emigration so there are an awful lot of Irish clubs and GAA clubs setting up shop worldwide.

    Failing that...

  20. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    So you could be more like Fassa.