Among Us Project Head Reveals How School Children Inspired Them to Provide Irish Translation

Published 12/27/2021, 3:08 PM EST


Among Us recently brought a fresh change to the game by adding Irish translations. It was found that many school children who learn the language have been playing the title in Irish. The Project Head of Among Us, Úna-Minh Kavanagh, recently revealed a key fact about how the game’s Irish translation has given the language new life in a region where it is seen as a minority language.

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For those who are unaware, only 40 percent of the Irish population speaks the native language. Because the generally accepted language, English, has taken over most of the aspects of the country’s lifestyle.

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The online multiplayer witnessed an Irish version, 2021.6.30, at the start of July earlier this year. It was done after the head, Úna-Minh Kavanagh herself, proposed a suggestion to the team of Among Us. And to her surprise, the team was in favor of bringing an Irish translation to the highly popular game. Talking about it recently, she explained why and how Among Us got a translation and that too, in a minority language.

Speaking about the impact of a translated Among Us in Irish, Kavanagh said:

“I’d already heard stories about school students in Gaelscoileanna (Irish language-speaking schools) using Among Us and putting their own Irish on it and thought, wouldn’t this be amazing as a learning tool.”

According to her, Among Us is helping many Irish learning school students in grasping the language. Which is not simple by any means, just like any other language in the world. But as per Kavanagh, Among Us in Irish is very simple to use as it’s not “particularly difficult.” Also, it doesn’t involve anything that needs in-depth “cultural knowledge.”

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It’s very great to see such positivity, especially when a video game becomes the reason behind it. In this case, it’s Among Us, helping children to learn and, in a way, save a dying language. In Kavanagh’s own words:

“Keeping languages alive is important for staying connected to our past, our culture, and our identities.”

What are your thoughts on Among Us now turning into something more than just an online game? Has any game ever helped you learn something in your life in the past, such as the one from Innersloth?

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Mintu Tomar

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Mintu Tomar is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. After completing his bachelor's in Philosophy, he has followed his passion for covering news as a budding journalist. He lives and breathes video games and is a die-hard Call of Duty fan.

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