[ Attachment: You are not allowed to view attachments ] Can foreign speakers help the Irish language survive?BBC - 16/3/2012
For over a century, activists have been trying to save the Irish language. Can foreign speakers help keep it alive?
At a dimly-lit bar in Washington DC, a smattering of professionals gathered around a table to drink beer and speak Irish, with levels of varying success.
They all represented current or former students of Ronan Connolly's Irish language classes. Mr Connolly, an Irish native, has been teaching evening Irish classes for more than two years.
The students live thousands of miles away from Ireland. Some haven't visited in years, if at all. The group is not much bigger than a rambunctious family dinner party. Their language skills vary from fluent to very basic. But at a time when scholars are pondering the fate of the Irish language, could these American students play any role in its revival? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17373880