Are you confused by all the Irish language signs you see around you? Do you wonder if and when the Irish actually speak Irish? After spending thirteen years learning Irish in school, why do so few Irish people actually speak it?
Ireland as Gaeilgetells the story of the Irish language in a popular and engaging way, combining historical and linguistic facts with a light tone. Written by a Russian linguist living in Ireland, it gives an outsider’s perspective on this most national of subjects.
Olga Balaeva is an English language teacher living in Dublin. Born in Moscow in 1989, she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in European Languages and Literature at Moscow State University, which was followed by a Master’s Degree in English Language at Oxford University. The focus of her studies was on bilingualism in Ireland. Olga is a member of the Conradh na Gaeilge Irish language conversation group. She also holds a TEG certificate in Irish (B1) from Maynooth University. In the past Olga has written and translated articles for her parish magazine in Moscow.