Why are any of us translated into Irish? – Characteristic

Among us Irish1© Alex Olney / Nintendo Life

Last week, it was announced that Between us, the extremely popular buddy killing game, has been localized official into Irish. For many people (mostly Irish), it’s an interesting thing; For others, the answer is mostly: “But why?”

It’s a legitimate question – Irish, or Gaeilge, is spoken only by about 40% of the population of Ireland, and is rarely spoken as a first language. It is what is known as a “minority language” – a language spoken by a minority of people in a country, such as Welsh (622 thousand speakers), Māori (157,000 speakers) and Basque (665 thousand speakers). speaker). And, as with many minority languages, its speakers are invested in protecting it, rather than letting it gradually erode by the majority language, in this case English.

But asking “why bother” is ignoring the fact that Irish is alive and well and that its speakers are interested in representing it for reasons other than being able to converse with each other. We spoke with Úna-Minh Kavanagh, who is in charge of the Irish translation project, to learn more about the reasoning behind it.

Among us Irish2© Alex Olney / Nintendo Life

Kavanagh is a streamer that plays games in both Irish and English, with all-Irish live streams every Sunday. Officially, she said, there are very few games with Irish translations, and many of them – like Anonymous Player’s Battlefield, If found…and Dicey Dungeons – created by Irish people with a special interest in their culture.

When Among Us went huge, Kavanagh knew she wanted to add it to the rota — “it’s only natural that I’ll play it, especially with my audience on the stream,” – but there’s still no major Irish translation yet awake . That’s not unusual, of course. Úna-Minh often plays games on her stream in English, with Irish subtitles – and she’s learned quite a few new words in the process.


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