Lithuanian dating and marriage beliefs

03-Mar-2016 17:42

It found that Fingal in north Dublin has the highest percentage of non-native language speakers in the country.

has analysed the spread of people whose first language is not English or Irish across the counties and in Dublin’s four council areas based on data from the Central Statistics Office.

A total of 119,526 people speak Polish as their first language and of these 10,573 were born in Ireland.

French is the next most common first language, spoken by 56,430 people nationwide, followed by 31,635 people whose mother tongue is Lithuanian.

A similar number speak Akan, a language principally used in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

The 2011 census, which for the first time asked a question on language other than Irish or English, recorded a total of 182 different languages spoken across the State.

However, Dr Lorna Carson, assistant professor in applied linguistics at Trinity College Dublin, says at least 200 languages are spoken in Dublin, although many “remain invisible”.

“We don’t see them and if we hear them we’re not necessarily able to distinguish them from each other,” she said.

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Unsurprisingly, Polish was the most commonly recorded language among non-native speakers in all but one county and Dublin council area in the 2011 census, the exception being Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, where it was French.According to Dr Carson’s research on multilingualism in Dublin, between 20 there was a 143 per cent increase in foreign nationals living in Ireland.