#86 | Under the Spanish Arch – Español and Irelandes

Like an old friend you don’t really want to see right now, summer has arrived in Ireland, and with it a smartly-turned out stampede of Spanish students. For decades, these stylish loudmouths have been teaching Irish teenagers how to kiss and how to swear like a Spaniard in their version of Irish college.

In today’s episode, Darach talks to reverse Spanish student Éimear Duffy and Salamanca Erasmus veteran Claire Murray about the differences and similarities between Irish and Spanish, a language which outnumbers English as a first language but lives as a problematic minority tongue in some wealthy countries. Is it all down to the way it’s taught?


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