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Irish President meets with Duolingo and course contributors

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3 million people are learning Irish with Duolingo. An incredible accomplishment for any language, especially one with 100k native speakers!

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins is an avid Irish speaker. Duolingo Senior Software Engineers karint and artnc and representatives of the Irish contributor team met with the President at Áras an Uachtaráin (The President's House) on Friday November 25th.

Congratulations Irish team NoahHiggs, odoinn, dubhais, laura.doherty, Lancet, hannamottana12, EimsieG

Thanks to Conradh na Gaeilge (The Gaelic League) for making this possible - a proud moment for the Irish language and for all of us!


Updated on May 12th 2017

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1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/wyqtor
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Those who follow the forums closely know that there is another president interested in setting up a course for her country, Malta. Any updates on that?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JB_The_Tireman
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Havent seen none, i had got exited. Maybe post a discussion about it?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wyqtor
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https://www.duolingo.com/MrFrodo.

I am not learning Irish myself, but this is amazing for Duolingo :D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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Proficiat

Congratulation

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1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Since when was hannamottana12 part of the Irish Team?

You can read more about this meeting on The Irish Times (in English) and on Tuarisc.ie (in Irish).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaGuaGua

The Irish President is the most adorable old man

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deo.
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It's great to hear more people not only in here in Ireland will actually love learning Irish :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Osnakezz
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This will motivate more people to learn Irish delicately, and even better.
Congratulates to the Irish team!

P.S. (Wasn't this meeting essentially already a week or two ago?)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Katred2
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What a wonderful story! As a big proponent of all the Celtic languages, it's really nice to see people recognized for their work.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo
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Over 2 million people are learning Irish with Duolingo.

No they're not. 2 million people have signed up to the course. Only a fraction of sign-ups are actively learning it. Duolingo would know how many active learners the Irish course has but instead they quote the total number of sign-ups across the history of the course as learners.

Duolingo is a great thing but I'm really getting tired of their PR. The statement I have quoted is basically a lie. And this dumb lie tarnishes what should be a proper celebration of the efforts of the people who created the Irish course, and the duolingo engineers who supported its development and implementation.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RabbitsRabbits

Where I'm from we call people like you a negative nelly.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DiegoJaviUnlam
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Congrats to the Irish Team and Duolingo Engineers!!! :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Debbie76996

This is an inspiring story to hear. I sing in my local Gaelic (Scottish) choir. At the moment there are 57,375 speakers and there is a growing community interested in the revival of the language. I was considering learning Irish Gaelic as Scottish Gaelic is not available - any comments on whether Duolingo plan on offering the Scottish Gaelic version in the near future?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SatharnPHL

I doubt that you'll hear any rumours about Scottish Gaelic here on the Irish course. It's not listed on the Incubator page (https://incubator.duolingo.com/) and I don't know that how oten new languages are being added to the incubator these days.

Some other discussions about Scottish Gaelic direct people to this discussion: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/13680637

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RabbitsRabbits

They are mutually intelligible so I would go for it if I were you. You can get a good foundation in Irish and then swap to Scottish and try to read books in it, make your own flashcards on Memrise / Quizlet etc. If I wanted to learn Occitan I'd learn Catalan first, you know what I mean?

There's also a self teaching book called Colloquial Scottish Gaelic that you can use to supplement.

To be honest I don't think there is a bigger difference between any of the varieties of Irish spoken in Ireland and Scottish.. Let me try to find a better way of phrasing that. I think that if you take Kerry Irish and compare it with Donegal Irish they won't be more different from each other than either of them is from Scottish Gaelic. .

Then in Scotland you have Scots as well, which is like old English and also very cool. Maybe someday Memrise will have courses in all three of the Scottish languages! But not some day soon.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SatharnPHL

Irish spelling is standardized across all dialects - written Scottish Gaelic is quite different from written Irish. And while there are some vocabulary differences between the dialects in Ireland, as well as pronunciation and grammar differences, the vocabulary differences between Scottish Gaelic and even Ulster Irish are greater than the differences between Munster and Ulster Irish (and that gap is more likely to widen than narrow, as there is much more interaction between speakers from all the dialects in Ireland than between Irish speakers and Scottish Gaelic speakers, so Irish speakers are much more likely to be aware of vocabulary differences between their own dialects than between Irish and Scottish Gaelic).

I don't want to suggest that studying Irish would be a waste of time if you're more interested in Scottish Gaelic, but I wouldn't want to underplay the differences either.

1 year ago

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Congratulations. This must be huge for you.

1 year ago

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wow that is amazing and cool

1 year ago

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That's excellent! Well done, and congratulations to everyone involved :)

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Cool :)

1 year ago

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Hooray for Irish!! Is a Scots in the works?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CliffordPereira

I am so happy. I went to the University of Ulster and wished I could have learnt even some basic Irish. Now I have the chance. Duo Lingo has helped me learn Portuguese, and brush up my Kiswahili, next a few words of Irish - for good luck. Failte.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Joseph665400
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I'm really delighted to hear this news. The Irish language can use all the support it can get to increase it's popularity. Comhghairdeas! Maith thu!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Njbloodhound

Comhghairdeas, Duolingo!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmperorIguana42
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This is brilliant. I'm quarter Irish and I'd like to learn Irish but I don't really want to at the moment due to how little it's spoken :( Hopefully this will get the language more well known!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jesus849123
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Awesome! :)

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Congratulations! You're absolutely amazing.

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Congrats team Irish!

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Great! :-D

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Awesome!!!!

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Any plans for Scottish Gaelic I've always wanted to learn it.

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Comhghairdeas!

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Congratulations to Duolingo and to Irish team!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vanyusik
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you're doing a great job

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https://www.duolingo.com/Nonie328841

As an Irish mother of 4 and a teacher of Engliah living in Spain I loudly applaud Micheal Higgins and all my nieces and nephews including my grandkids who enjoy speaking our native tongue. ☘☘

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/taek_

Wow!

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wow

1 year ago

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I would like to learn Irish! I think this language is very mysterious :)

1 year ago

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I hope to be agreat programs

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Comhghairdeas!

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