Cork, along with our previous accent, Kerry, is one of the hardest accents to understand. As far as accents go, Donegal, Cork and Kelly are all ranked the hardest to understand. All these are from specific counties in Ireland and all share very close relations to their Irish heritage. Cork even has a few sounds directly imported from its Irish heritage.
Cork is, much as Kerry is, very closely related to the Irish language. It is often taken as the two parties singing to each other as it has a distinctly sing-song rhythm to it. It is very expressive and makes use of a lot of hand gestures as well as facial expressions. When speaking it, your actions can determine the attitude with which you are speaking or expressing yourself. People often find it to be very cute and funny. They are also a very sarcastic people with their questions and answers. I already like them. Nothing like dry wit to make your day. When it comes to Cork people, they often exaggerate a situation or talk in a very over-the-top fashion. We can all over-exaggerate at one time or another. For example, you may ask them how their day was and they may respond with “absolutely horrible” or “I almost died laughing” when asked about a joke. I bet this is why they are such a lively and fun folk. They are very quick to inspire or motivate people. It’s actually a part of their exaggeration. They make each other turn from down and depressed into happy and inspired. We could use more people like that in the world, I think.
Cork is a very dramatic language and, as I mentioned above, their expressions can determine the attitude or meaning of a word. They have a very fast-paced language. This is no doubt what makes them so hard to understand. They have long vowel sounds as well as parts of speech that cut into each other. The letter “R” has a very throaty quality to it, as well.
Depending on where you come from, Cork can be thick or thin. For example, when coming from Northern Cork you may have a thick accent or if you come from Southern Cork it may be thin. This language has developed from the original Irish and to this day survives in all its sarcastic glory. Cork is a language that may share its level of difficulty with Kerry, but definitely has its own distinct accent as well as lovely, lively people behind it. Should you ever find yourself in Cork, please keep in mind that you will need to be patient when it comes to every day communication as sometimes not even Cork people understand each other.
All in all a beautiful people with a fascinating language. If I ever get a chance to meet a Cork, I will speak to them non-stop just to experience the beauty and inspiration of such a lively and fun language.
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