Irish course news?
Is there any news at all about the Irish course? It seems to be very quiet at team Irish since Alex left. What about tree 2.0?
All that anyone can say for certain is that the people who are in a position to know what, if anything, is going on (the 4 contributors listed on the Incubator page for Irish) are keeping to themselves.
If they have lost interest, or no longer have time to commit to the project, it would be nice if they found replacements, but unfortunately, I don't see the corporate side of Duolingo doing anything about that - from Duolingo's point of view, the course is "good enough", and given the increased focus on monetization at Duolingo, it doesn't seem likely that they will get a return from investing any more resources into a course like Irish.
On the other hand, the contributors could be beavering away in the background making improvements. But unless/until they tell us, we should make the most of what we already have - new people are still starting to learn (or re-learn) Irish on Duolingo all the time.
True. I'm just wondering why they haven't given us a short update if they are still working on it..
So, there's been a bit of an update recently. Check out the incubator page: https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/ga/en/status
Thanks for pointing that out - I stopped checking that page a while back. It's interesting news, and, as you found it first, I think you should create a new post on the Irish discussion page, where more people will see it.
I was looking at the incubator updates post just yesterday, and they included a reference to this update. So it's hardly my discovery at all.
But sure, I'll post a new discussion in order to help visibility.
The discussion topic Give it an upvote to help visibility.
Well spotted! Not unlike SatharnPHL, I’ve only checked that status page whenever someone created a new discussion about the status of Tree 2.0. It’s good to learn of what they’ve been doing in the interim, and I hope that more frequent status updates will be provided.
Good news at last! I'm glad they are still working on it. Hopefully, their final tree 2.0 will turn out well, however long it takes them.
If you speak Irish and you can manage to come to wherever we happen to meet up, you're welcome to join :)
If this is a question of finance I wonder if crowd funding or government funding has been considered?
The original 7 guys I think got some kind of medal off the President, but really given the benefit the Irish course has yielded (vis a vis the money spent in the Irish educational system) this is a no-brainer in terms of return on investment.
It feels like the Irish government has already done the hard bit - in terms of the educational system, trained teachers, libraries etc but Duolingo have added an essential ingredient.
The sweet spot is having both.
I'd be happy to contribute to a crowd funding effort.