Píosa fíor-mhaith ag míniú i gceart cén fáth a bhfuil náire ar dhaoine faoina dteanga féin. Iontach maith! Ard-mholadh! Paula Kehoe ón Astráil, duine le Gaeilge a scríobh é as Béarla ionaisc go dtuigfeadh daoine. Ceart ar fad. Coilíniú. Rinne sé damáiste agus tá muid fós ag fulaingt. Caithfear caint faoi, an damáiste a aithint, tuiscint, agus é a phlé má tá seans ar bith i ndán dúinn cúrsaí a fheabhsú. Léigh é le bhur dtoil agus tuig.
I was born and raised in Australia and I came to Ireland and began learning Irish in my thirties. I consider myself to be extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to learn it. While I’m a long way from being articulate ‘as Gaeilge’ I am for the most part beyond the pain barrier that everyone experiences learning a language as an adult. I have had some of the best times of my life learning Irish. But it didn’t take me long to realise that I had also entered a cultural obstacle course.
In the early days I was surprised to find I had to justify myself a lot to people who think the language is worthless. I can’t tell you how many times I was asked ‘Why on earth would you want to learn Irish?’, as if I had had some kind of breakdown and was retreating from the…
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