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Short answer: yes indeed.

Longer answer:

Back years ago, you may only have understood people in your region, without learning to understand other parts.

Then along came media including RaidiĆ³ na Gaeltachta. Unlike many languages where people want to speak the “central” dialect, native speakers will speak in their own accent and dialect on RaidiĆ³ na Gaeltachta.

So they’re trained in to understand other accents.

Moreover, they will understand standardized Irish. Plus they’ll be happy to hear you try! You’ll get friendly smiles in your direction.

If you are curious about Irish pronunciation, you can always check out our Crack Irish Gaelic Pronunciation course on Udemy!

If I learn the official standard Irish, will I understand people in the Gaeltacht?