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Ah, the Gaeltacht. Remember the days? Busloads of mid-teen adolescents would head down to the depths of the Wesht for three weeks (costing a bomb) to try and shove Irish into our mouths…

Most of the time we came back with less of the mother tongue than when we left, and had some interesting experiences at the céilí with some lad you've probably seen in Coppers seven years later and almost died of mortification.

The jealousy of the other kids who managed to get a bean an tí who could actually cook was too real. News has now hit us that a scheme similar to the Erasmus programme will allow up to 175 students to study in the Gaeltacht for a semester.

College students will be offered the chance to spend three months in Connemara under the new language immersion scheme announced today by the Department of the Gaeltacht.

New government funding worth €250,000 will allow students to live with families while attending third-level courses for the entire summer.

Minister of State for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Seán Kyne made the announcement in Ionad Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge in Carna, an off-site part of the NUI Galway campus.  

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The Minister said the scheme “will be of benefit both to the Irish Language and the Gaeltacht”, and is aimed both at students with Irish as a core subject in their university, and at those who need the language to work in certain jobs and the public service.

The subsidy is worth up to €1,428 per student, and is payable to families qualified under the department’s Irish Language Learner’s Scheme.

Minister Kyne commented:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to announce this new funding in further supporting third level students across Ireland to further enrich their Irish through spending three months living with Gaeltacht families while they are attending a qualification course in the Gaeltacht."

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"For many years, students learning languages have had the opportunity to spend time immersed in a target language while studying abroad on Erasmus. A fund will now be available for the first time which will help students to spend an entire semester in the Gaeltacht.” 

Students studying primary school teaching often visit the Gaeltacht as part of their course, as a proficiency in Irish is required.

We've all got some hilarious teenaged memories from our time in the Gaeltacht, be the recollections good or bad, so this should be interesting…

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If being part of one of the most famous families on the planet wasn't enough for these little ones, they are already branching out in other skills.

The Kardashian babies – cousins True, Chicago, Stormi and Dream are learning a second language.

Khloé Kardashian took to Instagram Stories to post adorable videos of the toddlers as they grappled with nursery rhymes, including one in Spanish.


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In one clip, 9-month-old True is dancing to a tune with her two-year-old cousin, Dream.

In another video, the pair are bobbing along to Wheels on the Bus.

Kim Kardashian West‘s one-year-old daughter Chicago wasn’t a fan of the song but she was loving the props.


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The babies then had interactive fun playing on drums and Khloe took a snap of True, Chicago and Kylie Jenner's 11-month-old daughter Stormi as the beat away on the instruments.

Khloe captioned it, ''The triplets.''

The cousins are so lucky to have each other as playmates – they'll never not have a friend as they grow up, that's for sure. 



You can't beat the Irish humour.

We take the mick out of anything, and basically go roundabout ways of explaining things.

Well, this Dublin comedian, Emma Doran, decided to ask her dad all about aul fella language – and the outcome was pretty funny.

From phrases such as 'grand', which means your dad just doesn't want to talk to you, to telling you 'ask your mother', which means he doesn't want to be bothered, there's a lot of hidden meanings.

And frankly, most of them just mean he wants you to leave him alone.

Have a watch of Emma's video and let us know if your dad speaks 'aul fella language'.





Grammar Nazis, be warned: Some of the world’s most millennial language has officially wiggled its way past the grammar gods and into the dictionary.

Words like “totes”, “ghosting”, “lumbersexual” and “manspread” have all been granted official definitions by the good people at Dictionary.com.  

So the next time your mam asks you what a Pokémon is, you know where to send her.

Check out some of our favourite additions below:

Al Desko: "Eating at one's desk in an office."

Athleisure: "A style of clothing inspired by athletic apparel but also worn as casual, everyday wear."

Butthurt: "Mental distress or irritation caused by an overreaction to a perceived personal slight."

Deso: "Designated driver."

Free-Range Parenting: "A style of child rearing in which parents allow their children to move about without constant adult supervision, aimed at instilling independence and self-reliance."

Ghosting: "The practice of suddenly ending all contact with a person without explanation, especially in a romantic relationship."

Health Goth: "A fitness enthusiast who is part of the goth subculture."

Lumbersexual: "A man whose style of dress and appearance is reminiscent of the ruggedly masculine stereotype of the lumberjack."

Manspread: "To sit with one's legs far apart, taking up too much space on a seat shared with other people."

Mom Jeans: "Unstylish women's jeans."

NBD: "Acronym for no big deal."

Pokémon: "A media franchise including video games, animated television series, movies, card games, etc. that depict a fictional class of pet monsters and their trainers."

Totes: "Totally."

Train Wreck: "A person who has experienced a personal failure, disaster, etc."

Warmist: " A person who accepts global warming as a reality (a term used by people who reject the concept)."

Woke: "Actively aware of systemic injustices and prejudices, especially those related to civil and human rights."


Health Goth Image: The New York Times