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nathan (213.202.166.61 - 213.202.166.61)
Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 - 04:36 pm:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

Dia dhuit,
How many people can speak Gaeilge in the capital of Ireland, Dublin?

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Duine Ciúin (217.155.45.123 - 217.155.45.123)
Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 - 08:27 pm:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? We don't know, so much is hidden.

But, before you even begin to ask the question you must consider how to phrase the question:

What do we mean by can speak? How fluently? ...some phrases or can they listen to a show on Raidio naG.

How many can speak and how many DO speak?

Is í diabhal an thomhais an Ghaeilge....

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Jonas (195.148.181.4 - 195.148.181.4)
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2003 - 08:47 am:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

I agree, the answer depends on the question. How many people can speak English in Helsinki? At least 70%, I'd guess, but that doesn't mean that they do speak it.

Still, this question is somewhat easier than counting the angels on the pin. According to the latest census:

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394.240 people in Dublin claim that they CAN speak Irish. This represents 36,6% of Dublin's population.

II.
73.131 in Dublin say they speak Irish daily. This represents 6,8%. Of these, many are school children who use the language in school.

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nathan (213.202.160.173 - 213.202.160.173)
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2003 - 04:04 pm:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

i mean fluently

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Eíbhlin (62.254.32.4 - 62.254.32.4)
Posted on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 06:29 am:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

Dia Duit ,

im from Dublin myself,
and id say not a lot,
in my cirlce of friends, from school etc.
only about 5 could,
there were 5 fluent speakers in my year,
and there was 100 of us, so shame on them ha ha

but looking at the msg posted above id say only about 20 % can,
36.6% claim they can, but most of them will say they can speak irish but cant really,
they can onlt say the sentences like everyone can mar shamplá

is mise Eíbhlin
Tá mé ina conai í Mbaile Atha Cliath
and that to them is being able to speak Irish

Le Grá
Eíbhlin ;o)

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