Victor Baida speaks nine languages, and for the last 15 years he has lectured on the Irish language at the university.
On February 20, in the county of Kerry in the south-west of Ireland, a new language specialist was appointed – his name is Victor Baida, he was born in Moscow and is fluent in Irish. The job of a Russian is to preserve the Gaelic language on the Avery Peninsula.
Baida became interested in foreign languages at the age of 13. He went to England for courses and learned about other languages on the island, after which he began to study Welsh and Scottish, and then Irish. Since 2004, the linguist has taught Irish at Moscow State University, on the website of the university he is listed as a senior teacher. He is the author of scientific works on linguistics, linguistics and analytics in languages. In total, the Russian knows ten languages, including French, German, Swedish and Icelandic.
Baida became the tenth language planner appointed by Údarás na Gaeltachta (government body responsible for the economic, social and cultural development of the Irish-speaking regions) as part of a 20-year government strategy. Its task is to preserve the Irish language in the Galtacht – areas where Gaelic languages are used in everyday communication by a significant part of the inhabitants.
There is the smallest number of native speakers in the Heltacht in Kerry, where the Russians were appointed. According to 2016, it is used by about 7% of the population, that is, several hundred people. Moreover, about 60% of the population claim to know Irish.
Baida took the task with enthusiasm and began to plan the strategy of work, in its execution will help him with public organizations. In the local language center Comhchoiste Ghaeltacht Uíbh Ráthaigh, the Irish Baida was described as “completely free”, and the Russian himself as a highly qualified and experienced language planning specialist.
This is not an easy job, but it will allow me to do something for the language and try to help its development and revival. I met people at the local committee in Kerry, they are energetic and enthusiastic. Irish is weak in the region, but people themselves are energized. […]
Irish is very beautiful and worth learning. This is a different way of thinking, it allows you to express yourself creatively, which is impossible in most major European languages. It is definitely a language worth preserving and using.