Talib wrote:Or Gaeilge as its speakers call it.linguoboy wrote:Or "Irish", as we call it in your language.
It is called Gaeilge in Irish, I presume you don't say that you speak Deutsch or Francais, or what ever language you speak? When speaking in English, we use the English terms, "Irish" and "Ireland", when speaking in Irish, we use the Irish words "Gaeilge" (which as it happens is just the standard way to spell it, hardly anyone pronounces it like that, and some don't even spell it like that, so it could be incorrect to say "as its speakers call it", but it's nit-picking), and "Éire".
And I think that the 80,000 people who speak Irish as their main language of communication in the home (I can't think of the exact figure, but it's between 70 and 90 thousand according to the last census) would be highly insulted that you wish "them" luck in reviving it. The amount of people speaking Irish in the home has stayed remarkably stable in the last number of years, and that doesn't count a large number of people who have a pretty good grasp of Irish but are out of practice or never practice, as well as those who do. Irish isn't being revived in the present day, the last Irish revival was in the latter years of the 19th century, and that was only a revival in the sense that it was the end of the decline in literature being produced in the language. Irish will never replace English as the de facto first language of the country, but it is not being revived in any sense of the word, but thankfully, it is holding its own in an increasingly globalised world.
Sorry Delodephius for posting irrelevant information in your thread, ach níl athbheocain na Gaeilge ar siúl, agus tá súil agam nach mbeidh athbheocain ó Ghaeilge sa thodhcaí.