Endangered Language of the Week: Irish

Did you know that Irish, which you might also know as Irish Gaelic, Erse, or Gaelige, is actually an endangered language? Irish is an Indo-European, Celtic, and Goidelic language with a Latin orthography. Sadly, as of 2006, there are only twenty to forty thousand native Irish speakers. That is a meager amount of native speakers compared to other languages such as Mandarin Chinese, with over a billion native speakers.

What can we do?

  1. Look for resources about the Irish language and post them in one of the language learning clubs here on Tip of the Tongue!

  2. Find endangered languages maps! (I recommend using the map from the Endangered Languages Project- )

  3. Do your research and find information about an endangered language!

  4. Fund research! Extensive research can be expensive, so it would mean a lot to donate and contribute to research funds.

  5. Choose an endangered language, and if resources are available, learn it or at least a few words! Have fun with it and learn a song in an endangered language!

  6. Spread the word! Like endangered species, endangered languages are a serious matter and should be widely discussed and addressed. Tell your friends and family about the importance of preserving languages and increase the attention on endangered languages!