While thumbing through my copy of the weekly newspaper, "The Irish Echo", I came upon a thank you notice placed by a bereaved family. Across the bottom they had typed, “Go Ribih Mile, Mile Maite Aguth”. Look at this I called to my husband, I can read this, I know what this says. It’s Gaelic for thank you very, very much, or literally a thousand, thousand good things on you. I am reading Gaelic! I must say he wasn’t very impressed.
I was pretty happy with myself though. I think everyone should learn a few words and phrases in their ancestor’s language, so I’ve been studying Gaelic for awhile now. I’m nowhere near proficient, but I do know a bit more about the language of my forbears and that was the point. I have some CD's I listen to when the whim strikes and I get my daily word from this site-- http://www.transparent.com/word-of-the-day/today/irish.html
Every day I get a new Irish word with a link to hear it properly pronounced by a native Gaelic speaker, and used by that speaker in a sentence. They have other languages available also and it’s a fun painless way to learn, not to mention to hear what conversations in Ireland must have sounded like Fado, fado. (Long, long ago)