A large proportion of us in this country probably wish that we had a better grasp of our native language.
Many people spent their school days lamenting the fact that they were forced to learn Irish, with only a select few taking it seriously as a result. In later years, a good size of the population regret not being able to speak it fluently.
Debates can be had about the way in which the language is taught in schools, with more emphasis probably needed on speaking the language as opposed to being bombarded with boring lessons on grammar and old poems.
Of course, there is nothing stopping us from going and improving our level of Irish in later years. While it is much easier to learn a language in childhood, there are no shortage of options out there for people who wish to restart their education on the subject.
This man shows it certainly can be done.
American YouTuber speaking Irish confuses Dubliners
American YouTuber Xiaomanyc has become well-known for his language abilities in recent years, racking up over 5million subscribers on his channel on the site.
His videos often revolve around him going to exotic locations, only to then shock the locals by being able to speak the local language. He is fluent in Chinese, but has also learned how to speak various African, Indian, and other languages.
Recently, he learned a cúpla focail ahead of a trip to Dublin.
Having only had three weeks to learn the language, it's fair to say that he picked it up fairly quickly.
He visited local markets and tried to speak Irish with the vendors, and while the majority of them were happy to use what Irish they had to speak with him, they were all fairly shocked to see an American tourist speak as Gaeilge. He would go on to visit Club Conragh Na Gaeilge, a pub on Harcourt Street where the patrons are encouraged to speak Irish.
You can watch the video in full below.
An incredible video, but the most eye-catching element was that pints of Guinness were only €5 in Club Conragh Na Gaeilge.
That's an even rarer find in Dublin than an American speaking Irish.