Tag: Irish language

An Cód: Craicing the Code in Irish

It’s often assumed that computing coding lessons are always taught in English because most (though not all) programming languages use English language syntax. Not so. Take this great example of learning to code in Irish (Gaeilge), part of the Hour of Code initiative in 2016, thanks to computer science professor Kevin Scannell (@kscanne), from Saint Louis...

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The Politics of Irish Language: Gaeilge (Never Gaelic)

I was going to write about the politics of the Irish language (Gaeilge) in the North of Ireland/Northern Ireland (see? in trouble already). But I won’t. The topic’s just too hot to handle (see what I did there?) Recent news about the Irish language in that part of the island of Ireland is a reminder that language everywhere has...

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Ich Bin Ein Taoschnó

Yes, taoschnó. That’s the answer to the Twitter question (asked by @patricox) “How do you say donut in Irish? Some Irish cops want to know.” Thanks to @aonghusoha for the translation into Irish (Gaeilge). The question was prompted by the news that members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland are lining up to learn...

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Saint Patrick and Twitter

Just love this story on ReadWriteWeb: Using Twitter to Preserve Minority Languages. It’s about Indigenoustweets.com,  launched on Saint Patrick’s Day by Professor Kevin Scannell of St. Louis University. The Prof uses his An Crúbadán (literally, in Irish “The Crawler”) web-crawling statistical software to identify which minority languages are being tweeted, and by whom. Check out...

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20 Year Strategy for Irish Language Launched: It's All Politics

Irish Government launched their 20 year strategy for the Irish language. But it's the wrong strategy, for the wrong language, at the wrong time. What a shame the strategy wasn't about creating a multilingual society in Ireland and positioned Irish within that, along with other languages.

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