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Welsh - 500k by Saint David's day?

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Shwmae/Hi everyone

Our Welsh course has been going along nicely for just over a year and has reached 462k users as of today (Feb 11th).

Saint David is the national saint of Wales and his saint's day is March 1st.

It would be lovely if the course could achieve the unbelieveable number of 500k users by Saint David's day.

If anyone can try out our course and/or share it or do anything else to promote it we would be so grateful.

Diolch yn fawr/Thanks a lot

The Welsh Duolingo team

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/IsakNygren1
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Sure, why not? The only Welsh I know is "ysgol".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolMicheal
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I would try out the Welsh course if I hadn't just completed it! ;-) Dw i'n caru'r Gymraeg a dw i'n aros am y "goeden" 2.0!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaGuaGua
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I am debating whether or not to try Welsh or Irish. Why is Welsh better?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmareloTiago
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Welsh orthography and spelling are more familiar to the English speaker than Irish orthography and spelling.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TseDanylo
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Welsh is easier. Irish is more difficult since it's just that bit more bizarre. But the two languages are amazing!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaGuaGua
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are the 2 languages similar? Like would I be able to understand one if I learn the other or no?

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https://www.duolingo.com/TseDanylo
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No, the grammar is kinda similar (like German and Italian). But they are completely different. I understand Irish, but not a word of Welsh XD except that Welsh has more English words.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaGuaGua
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interesting, thanks. I guess i'll try Welsh next

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmandaSamu2
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Welsh has quite a lot more first language speakers than Irish. As others have mentioned it's orthography is rather easier to get your head around and I also have the impression that the phonology is a bit easier. But then I'm still working on building a more natural ll sound in Welsh.

I'm sure that there are excellent reasons and benefits to learning either language.

Some of the things that both languages share is a lot of basic vocabulary that is nothing like you've ever encountered. They also have a VSO (verb subject object) word order which takes some getting used to.

If you are an English speaker there are a few confusing things when you listen to Welsh. The Welsh for "Robert is" is "Mae Robert" which sounds like "My Robert". The Welsh for "she" is "hi" which sounds the same as "he". And when you want to say something is "as" whatever as something else, you say that it's "mor" whatever, a word which sounds just like more.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmandaSamu2
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By the way I didn't mean to imply that The Irish basic vocabulary is similar to the Welsh basic vocabulary. They're not! What I wanted to convey was that they are both pretty different from other (non Celtic) European languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jillianimal

Why not both? They look different enough but I'm pretty sure they have a lot in common grammatically being celtic languages (albeit of different branches), so I wouldn't be surprised if learning one would reinforce the other without confusing the vocabulary too much.

2 years ago
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