Of course, Kannada is way, way, way better than Irish when it comes to usage - Kannada's problem is not that there are no speakers. Our task is many times simpler than what the Irish have in front of them. We've got not less than 55 million speakers. Kannada's problem is that the speakers are considered children of a lesser God. Nay, the speakers themselves believe that they're children of a lesser God.
Okay, back to Irish and what we can learn from efforts to revive the language. What does it take for languages to stick around? Says Patrick O'Halen from the Society for the Preservation of the Irish Language which promotes the Irish language from kindergartens to newspapers to TV channels:
They must be cool. They must be sexy. They must have that attraction. And they must be associated with people who are succesful and succesful young people speaking Irish just as they would speak any other language. But it happens to be Irish, not English. And there are a lot of muddles out there today (in the best sense of the word) who are giving this image to them and who are impacting the mindsets of young people. It's now become much more attractive, much more cool. And that spreads to the older generation as well.See this video to get more info on the revival of the Irish language happening as we speak. Listen to the skeptics who don't believe Irish has any chance of surviving, as well as the tough men who are making things happen:
The question is: where does Kannada stand as a cool and sexy language which attracts successful young people? Where do we stand on a scale of 1 to 5 (1-uncool, unsexy, unattractive to successful youth; 5-very cool, very sexy, very attractive to successful youth)? Vote now!