I’ve been asked many times which is my favourite of the Celtic languages (living or extinct) that I’ve learnt. Aside from my obvious pride in my own national language, I’d have to place the ancient Gaelic tongue of the Isle of Man as my favourite. I don’t know whether its endangered nature is what gives me more pride in learning and using it, but Manx is, in its own right, a beautiful language. The pride taken by the locals to maintain its survival as well as history behind its arrival to the island centuries ago make it a language that stands as a pillar to other language enthusiasts to what can be achieved when passion and enthusiasm is coupled with unrelenting effort.
The language is becoming more and more prominant on the island due, not only to the hard work of individuals and groups, but by the willingness of all who live on the Isle of Man to keep the old tongue going and thriving. My interest in the language has established many a heated debate on social media regarding its orthography and use between those who find a passion in languages and I am, at present, looking into evidence for a Brythonic language that may have existed on the island prior to the arrival of Gael and Norse settlers alike. Situated at the centre of the Celtic world, its easy for someone like me (and for anyone for that matter) to fall in love with the place. The relaxed and welcoming nature of the reisdents is infectious and the scenery is truly breathtaking.
I take great pride in saying that I am learning this wonderful language and I’m certain that the same would be said by anyone who gives it a go.
- Online Manx Dictionary – My personal fave’!
- Fockleyryn SMO – Online dictionaries compiled by SMO
- Lexilogos – Various links to Manx lexicons
Information about Manx Gaelic:
Learn Manx simple phrases
via YouTube – Early video by myself
Pictures from my 2014 adventure to Ellan Vannin: