Originally Posted by jmlad2020
Why? For instance I've heard stories of locals on the Aran Islands refusing to converse with Ulster Irish speakers, instead reverting to English. That is incredibly rude? Is it not? Surely the two aren't that different it warrants arsehole Irish speakers to look down upon it.
I didn't realise Irish speakers were so snobby. They'd rather the language die out than encourage speakers. They are killing the language.
There are all sorts of stories around, not all of them are true.
Here's a true one.
I was in a supermarket in Dingle a few years back, and at the checkout the cashier replied to me in English, although her reply showed that she had understood me. I continued in Irish, she replied again in English. Somewhat frustrated, I eventually asked her if she didn't speak Irish, and she replied, "Oh yes, I'm studying Law with Irish in UCC".
Down the road in the tourist office, something similar happened. Even worse in one of the pubs.
Needless to say, I have avoided the village of Dingle ever since. A lot of thoroughly objectionable people seem to live there.