https://www.duolingo.com/Knacker55

improving your Irish

Cé chomh maith go bhfuil Duolingo feabhas do labhairt na Gaeilge ( How well has Duolingo improved speaking your Irish )

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/becky3086
becky3086
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Here is a really good place to start with Irish http://www.isfeidirliom.ie/ It has audio for all its words, work sheets, and games to help you remember them.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

That's an interesting site - nice find!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OliverCasserley

go raibh maith agat becky3086 I excelled myself on the first lesson !! Very interesting and I'm sure my grandchildren will enjoy it too,

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/becky3086
becky3086
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I am glad you found it useful. It has really helped me with eclipsis, and because it helped me with eclipsis, I came back here and went through the lenition notes again and they made a lot more sense.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OliverCasserley

you've got perseverence so well done. Have a lingot as I switch and swop between one prog and another. Finding Isfeidir liom quite useful. Bain sult as an deireadh seachtaine.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Martin_Ryan

Seems to be offline at the moment? Thanks for the tip.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hanjini
hanjini
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Thanks becky3086!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knacker55

Becky,I had a quick glance through "isféidirliom"and found it very interesting,I am sure it will be a help to any sciláire ag foghlaim Gaeilge ,go raimh maith agat.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Duolingo definitely helps with getting a grasp on the different ways that things are constructed in Irish. So it has helped greatly in interpreting written Irish, but the available vocabulary in Duolingo is relatively basic, so there's a lot that you won't understand just by studying Duolingo.

When it comes to spoken Irish, Duolingo has a number of problems. The first is the technical issue that there isn't a suitable Irish Language Text-To-Speech engine available, so Duolingo has to rely on recordings, and there are only about 3,000 recordings on the course. The second issue is that Irish doesn't have a "preferred" spoken dialect, so the recordings are in a dialect that doesn't necessarily match the written text all the time. All-in-all, you won't learn to "speak Irish" just using Duolingo.

That said, after two years using Duolingo, I can tell that your question doesn't quite make the mark.

cé chomh maith agus a d’fheabhsaigh Duolingo do chuid Gaeilge a labhairt? might be a slightly better way to say it.

(I'm not really comfortable with cé chomh maith agus in that sentence, I'd prefer to stick with cé/cá mhéad? - "how much?")

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OliverCasserley

I have been on Duolingo for almost 2 years now and find it very informative. Of course we need other means of learning and I was always aware of that. In my opinion it is great especially for a FREE service. Go raibh maith agat Duolingo and to all the helpful commentators like Knocksedan go raibh maith agaibh go léir.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LuchairF
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Duolingo helps, but I found that it mostly improves understanding of written Irish. One definitively needs to use other resources as well. Having said that, focusing on Irish by practising every day on DL gave me a good basic framework of the language.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/becky3086
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Well, I definitely couldn't read what you wrote there. It improved my Irish in the first part of the tree but as I got further along, it just has way too many words in each section. I can't be taught 40 something verbs and then do a review and really know any of them. I seem to just get further and further behind with every new lesson but after weeks on one, I just move on. I have no problem with the other languages I am doing.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/monkeyman109

I have not got far on irish

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hanjini
hanjini
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I don't get it at all, doing good on all romance languages, however.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/becky3086
becky3086
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It is pretty hard and takes a while, even now I don't understand hardly anything anyone writes in Irish. I hope I will eventually though. I really think it is all a matter of getting in enough vocabulary.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knacker55

there are sites that will explain pronunciations and what appear to be letters that have no significance in the word for instance comhghairdeas (congratulations) is read like co ard ass,google Irish pronunciations, I am about lower intermediate level Irish language,hope this helps someone

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Any site that is teaching you to pronounce Comhghairdeas as "co ard ass" is doing it wrong, and you're not doing yourself any favours by reading them.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knacker55

Dan,you are probably right in your opinion, my pronunciation of our language leaves a lot to be desired and to be able to speak my own language as best I can is my target

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/becky3086
becky3086
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Well Duolingo taught me how to say it and that is what I would say as well. It doesn't help me to read about pronunciations as I can't remember all the Irish ones. I actually have to hear the words said to remember them. I am hopeful that one day Duolingo will progress enough to get a lot more Irish words spoken in the lessons.

1 year ago
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