Its nothing to do with irish. It was the way it was tought. In primary I was
made to stand up in front of the class and name all the items on a projector
screen. My teacher knew that I didnt even know what hello was in irish
(still dont) They tried to force me and as a result I managed to get 1% in
the intercert and didnt even turn up for the leaving exam. I dislike being
forced to learn something and mostly refuse to do it. I put effort into
making sure I didnt learn Irish. My point was I knew more German after 6
months than 13 years of Irish. The way it is tought is wrong and people
should have a choice about doing it.
From: David O'Callaghan [mailto:ocalladw at tcd.ie]
Sent: 31 July 2002 11:55
To: Irish LUG
Subject: Re: [ILUG] Fwd: Linux Beer Hike
On Wed, Jul 31, 2002 at 11:28:05AM +0100, Satelle, StevenX wrote:
> When I was in school they pushed Irish down my throat. I developed a
> for Irish. I did French for 3 years and German for 6 months, I could
> (almost) hold a basic conversation. I am proud of the fact that I don't
> one word of Irish.
Going rapidly OT here, but I find it shocking that anybody could be
proud of not knowing something. It's like the tourist on holidays using
that speak-loudly-enough-and-they-will-understand technique or (slightly
less off-topic) the friend or relative who says "I know nothing
about computers!" and clearly doesn't intend to learn, and is happy
to let you clean up after them.
I certainly agree that Irish is not taught all that well (or wasn't
when I was in school) but I'd like to be able to relearn it and to
count it as one of my skills.
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