In-home Language Lessons
Language Lessons in the comforts of your Holiday Home
If learning something new is your idea of fun, then you can consider taking a “destination” language course as a part of your holiday travel. Language courses "at home" are offered by private tutors for most european spoken languages. Some folks use these courses to jump in at the deep end, while others see them as a chance to intensify studies they started at home.
Gaelic is the language of the Ireland and like its people, bears witness to a long tumultuous history. With some of the oldest literature of Western Europe, learning Gaelic will make you one of the select few who keep this language alive.
While there are 1.66 million people who have some knowledge or have studied Gaelic, there are only 260,000 fluent speakers. After the 17th century, when England came to rule Ireland, the use and learning of Gaelic was heavily repressed. Nonetheless, Gaelic was still used by many even until the 19th century when the Great Potato Famine halved the population of Ireland with either forced emigration or starvation.
Today there's a strong advocacy and a desire to keep Gaelic a living tongue sustaining the language and drawn many to study Gaelic. It is recognized as an official EU language and is being increasingly taught in schools about the country and now at holiday homes.