https://www.duolingo.com/AdonikHari

Cry for help.

Hi there, I've just started my journey to mastering Irish. I'm asking any Locals, teachers or fellow students to give me a hand. maybe a tip or two. Please.

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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I suggest you concentrate on remembering patterns, rather than trying to understand every detail of the grammar as you first meet it, or you will find beneath you a yawning abyss. Once you have internalised enough of these patterns, however, their grammatical coherence will slowly dawn on you (I am still in a very incipient stage of this in respect of Irish).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KrystleLee1

In the beginning Irish seems "irregular" I once described it that way myself when I was newly studying it... What I meant to say back then was that it was like no other language I had learned before and before I had a better understanding of the language I did see the spelling and sentence structure as somewhat irregular compared to English.... It isn't though... Irish has a lot of patterns and a lot of reoccurring rules, what you need is a lot of practice. I have been studying it for two years and have only really scratched the surface... I am still a babe in terms of learning and speaking Irish.... Don't be afraid of making mistakes, you will make a lot of those.

The more you practice words, grammar, spelling and so forth, the easier it will become. It won't sound as alien to you if you keep going with it. What I recommend is learning by rote. Just keep repeating the lessons over and over again and then do it some more. The more you progress you will see the sense behind the rules of the language. If you miss something or make a mistake you will most probably still be understood and I am sure people will be happy enough to help you along the way.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AdonikHari

Thank you Krystle Lee. Very helpful.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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A general tip for highly unfamiliar languages: timed practice can be very useful in getting the vocab to stick / sort of stick / at least be intermittently accessible in your passive memory. It also ensures you don't get bogged down in very overly long strengthening sessions (I've read some horror stories; just let it be said if you ever hit 50 questions in one, take it as a sign you've gone more quickly than you should have and head back up the tree a few rungs to work your way back down gradually!)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AdonikHari

Thank you piguy3, I'll pace myself

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AdonikHari

I do, I just wanted some help from the community. Duo himself says that Irish is a irregular and difficult language, even at the basic level

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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Since at this writing an Irish level isn’t appearing next to your username, have you started doing any of the Irish skills yet? If you have, what do you need a hand with? If you haven’t, try doing the first few skills to see if you agree with a cartoon owl’s assessment of Irish.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/patbo
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Irregular? I don't think so. Its rules are different than those of English, but in general I would say it adheres to them more consistently than English does.

My tip for you is: Read up on how the Irish spelling works before you start with the Duolingo course. The way the orthography works is likely different from what you know from other languages, and just from listening to the course audio, it's hard to figure out. Maybe this is what makes it look irregular to some people, but in fact there is a system behind it, and when you know it, it's not harder than French spelling, for example.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AdonikHari

Thanks a lot patbo, that's really helpful. I didn't realize, that I xould croos reference. I believed that, uh Duolingo could take me all the way

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AdonikHari

thank you guys

1 year ago
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