Any news about a (Scottish) Gaelic course?
Just wondering if there are any plans to introduce a Gaelic course. I read in another post that it was in Stage 1, but I looked and it's not there. Was it started and then abandoned? Now we have Irish & Welsh it would be great to have a Gaelic course to finish the set !!
There are no current plans for a Scottish Gaelic course (Duolingo rarely makes their plans for new courses public before the course actually starts), but like you mentioned, with Irish and Welsh already here, Scottish Gaelic could be a good contender (and no, it wasn't started and then abandoned...it just hasn't started yet at all :/). So, what can you do? I recommend doing a forum search to find other users interested in a Scottish Gaelic course so you can coordinate your effort. Make sure you can find some native or fluent speakers of Scottish Gaelic and ask them to apply. The general idea is to get a lot of support in the Duolingo community for Scottish Gaelic to show that there is a sizeable learner base out there and that there are people who can contribute. The more popular the language is in the forums, the more likely Duolingo is to add that course (within reason, of course. Some languages can't be added yet because of technical reasons). Many languages were added because of community support, such as Swedish, Danish and Irish.
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Yes, I think it would be quite a popular course. There are millions of people from Canada, the U.S, Australia and New Zealand with Scottish heritage and not only that but there are lots of people worldwide who love Gaelic music too. If you want to learn Gaelic you should check out the www.learngaelic.scot website and www.mangolanguages.com. There's also a 20 part series called Can Seo (Say It) on YT - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBVb1zbe32k You can download the accompanying course book free from Scribd -www.scribd.com/doc/225854344/Leabhar-na-Can-Seo-anns-a-Ghaidhlig I've also heard that there's a really good Distance Learning course from the Gaelic college (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig) on the Isle of Skye. - www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/en/ I've also found the Colloquial Gaelic course book at a greatly reduced price at PostScript books: https://www.psbooks.co.uk/Colloquial-Scottish-Gaelic-9781138950146
Hopefully a Gaelic course gets added soon but there are other resources to crack on with in the meantime.
I've been helping with the progression of Cymraeg (Welsh) over the past month or so and I'd love to help build a Scottish Gaelic course. If anyone is serious about it, catch me on Twitter (@SteCymru14). While we're on the topic, I think the other Celtic languages like Breton, Cornish and Manx would really benefit from having a course on Duolingo and I'd love to get involved with these too.
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It would be so good if Duolingo would add a Scots Gaelic course. I sing in a Gaelic Choir (Melvich Gaelic Choir is anyone is interested and we're always looking for new singers - no experience necessary!) and it's inspired me to try and learn the language, not just learn the sounds so I can sing it. The Gaelic language is going through a huge revival just now, which is lovely. I wish it could be like it is in Wales where the pride and love for the native language is so apparent but not exclusive. I'm trying to learn from online sites but it's not easy - but I love the way Duolingo is designed and how the progression happens in a natural way, so if they could do the same with Scots Gaelic, that would be great. They could contact An Commun, the organisation who sponsor anything to do with Gaelic in Scotland, to get contributors. What else can I do in order to show my support for a Gaelic course? I got a bit confused when I was reading the Help section!