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How to improve my Irish after Duolingo

I am not finished the tree just yet but I should be done quite soon. I was wondering how those who have completed the tree have attempted to advance their knowledge of the language.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

You will benefit from continuing to do the exercises even after you have completed the tree. Unless you are completing all exercises without errors, you still have things to learn here. If you haven't been using Timed Practice, it will add another facet to your learning.. And at some point in the next few months, Tree 2.0 will be released, which will include a large amount of new material that you haven't covered.

Outside of Duolingo, listening to Radio Na Gaeltachta or watching TG4 will help you to develop an ear for spoken Irish, and the variety of dialects. That's something that you need to do with some consistency - you will just have to persist even if you are missing 80% of what you hear, and you will slowly improve until you're only missing 60%, then you'll get to a stage where you're picking up 60%, then 70%, etc.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bemk92
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I can second this. I've kept my entire tree gilded for about half a year now, and I'm still not done here.

Listening to Irish language radio (Raidio na Life, Raidio na Gaeltachta, and a couple of others) really does help you get an ear for the language.

I'm also following a couple of Youtubers, who go by the hilarious channel name: Túsatube. Their speech is often way to difficult for me, but I'm starting to feel like I'm improving.

I'm also listening to a lot of Irish language music, there's a good deal out there on Youtube, if you know where to look. TGLurgan is a good place to start, and try to listen for the names of the artists on the Irish language radio so you can find their music online somewhere. (That's how I found this piece of work: https://youtu.be/SYtyrpsTfeg )

Something that also helps is to find people to talk with. I'm living in the Netherlands here, and I have a language buddy in Belfast with whom I chat on Facebook, and I'm also a member of a speaking circle here in the Netherlands. (Just goes to show, you don't need to go far to be able to find someone to speak with).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tarjava

Where do we get a status on a tree upcoming update? I'm new to duolingo, still learning about all the features.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

There isn't anywhere to get status updates. One of the course contributors might mention something in a post, but these things tend to take longer than expected, so there isn't really any benefit to providing status updates - it'll be done when it's done, and providing updates will only cause more work and hassle from people wanting to know more details.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tarjava

Ahah, understood!I agree it might be a hassle to create expectations :) I'm not too far yet in the Irish tree, so it will be fun to get new content when Tree 2.0 comes up if I have time to get far enough in the lessons.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Olaf_B

Hi,

a somewhat off-topic question: is there a way to identify course contributors? I'd like to ask permission about using some of their sentences for Anki-decks, so I (and others) can learn off-line, too.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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A Trello board had been set up several months ago by one of the course creators to track the progress of Tree 2.0. At this writing (2016-07-22), the most recent update to the board was made in May.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/patbo
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All of what Knocksedan said, but I want to add another thing: Try reading a simple book in Irish, probably a children's book. The first few pages can be a bit frustrating because you may need to look up a lot of unknown vocabulary, but once you know the most important words for the story and you understand a bit of the context, my experience is that it gets a lot better and you can get the gist without turning to the dictionary all the time. If you don't know a word, but don't really need it to understand what's going on, just skip over it and keep reading – and maybe come back to it at the end of the chapter if you're still interested then.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RabbitsRabbits

If you live in Ireland keep a look out for textbooks and novels / plays that are no longer on the exam syllabus because you can get these super cheap.

BBC resources: Lower level: http://www.bbc.co.uk/irish/articles/view/625/gaeilge/ ..... http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/colinandcumberland/

Higher level: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/irish/

Paid platform: http://www.bitesize.irish/

Games http://www.daltai.com/games/

Memrise Irish: http://www.memrise.com/courses/english/irish/

Abair Leat used to be a site for learning Irish... I don't know if they have abandoned that side of their business now though http://www.abairleat.com/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CadetheBruce
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I have been wondering if there is anything out there for Irish like we have for Scottish Gaelic. We have great video resources on LearnGaelic.net and the Litir do Luchd-Ionnsachaidh series, all of which are well-produced and free, aimed at helping learners continue developing their Gaelic skills, but I have yet to find anything like that for Irish. If there's anything like that available, I would like to know.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Josh.Hogan
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There is also a children's book translation group on Facebook that you might check out. If you can't find it, let me know, and I'll send you the link. I'm on a facebook sabbatical at the moment. I needed the break.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KPatrickWV
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Do you have a link, by chance?

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/becky3086
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I also buy children's books. I am only about half way through my tree and I can read some of my board books! lol. I watch shows on TG4 every night. You can also find some on youtube.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/niamhwitch
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Every day I brush up on the lessons here on Duo, but I also do the Buntús Cainte courses on Memrise every day as well. HTH! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/torowan
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A nice resource I'm working my way through is the "Phrase of the day" series on Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL899AB1D03F65EF58

It is complementary to Duolingo: it has emphasis on pronunciation, and is more day-to-day speech. There are four recorded actors, one from each corner of Ireland, so you get a good variety of accents.

1 year ago