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How does learning Irish make you feel?

We go through a range of emotions learning a language unfortunately there has been little research done in this area. This is true for all language not just Irish.

In order to answer this question, a fellow researcher of mine is conducting a survey among Irish language learners to investigate the range of emotions learners experience when they are learning the Irish language. This survey takes 2 minutes to complete and your participation would be really appreciated. The results of this study will inform the design of Irish language courses going forward.

The study has received ethics approval from the DCU Ethics Committee and all data received will be protected.

Click here to access the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/ToIW2KZEgq89FNir1

On clicking the link, you will be presented with a more detailed description of the study as well as a consent form which you will need to complete before filling out the survey.

Thanking you in advance for your interest and participation in this research.

July 6, 2017



I'm of Scottish descent and learned some Scottish Gaelic years ago. Learning Irish is both familiar and confusing! It takes me a little while to recognize the Irish versions of the words. I'm so glad that Duolingo offers Irish, but I wish they had Scottish Gaelic as well.


Where did you learn Scots Gaelic? I aspire to learn all the Celtic languages. I am slowly working on Irish (as I am an Irish native and studied it in school) and I will be doing Welsh in the near future but do you have any recommended books/sites for Scots Gaelic (and Manx if possible too)?


https://www.memrise.com/courses/english/scottish-gaelic/ Just in case you haven't seen this.

The nice thing is you can make your own course, or help other people with other community courses.

Once you have been on memrise for a while and clearly know the ropes the moderators will let you be a curator of a course. For example, if you are studying using the Routlage Colloquial book you could ask to be allowed to add to that course


Alba will be indepent soon. Lol I have just watched the Outlaw King (about Robert the Bruce). I'm Serbian (ex Yugoslavia, Balkan peninsula) and I really like Celtic symbols, culture,languages ecc. My geographical dreams are recover of Yugoslavia, independent Scotland, independent Wales, bigger autonomy for Cornwall and Brittany, reviving of Manx, and finally Ulster not divided (which means N. Ireland annexed by Republic of Ireland).


It makes me feel patriotic. Under British rule, the Irish were outlawed from speaking this language, and that includes my family. Now, I have the ability to learn Irish and speak it thanks to Duolingo. It's a really wonderful feeling! Thank you, Duo! :D

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Did this "law" have a name, or a number?

There was never a law that "outlawed" the Irish from speaking Irish.


hi! i love Irish and Ireland and am trying to learn there beautiful language! i’m actually an aspiring writer and one of my books is based there!


That is so cool!! what is the name of the book? it would b cool to read a book in Irish!


fluttershy937702 stop lying to yourself


I find that the lack of slowed-down audio on the dictation questions has been a major stumbling block for me. I've tried to power through it, but what I'm doing feels like cheating, not learning. Not being able to pick out the sounds means I'm just guessing as to the spelling, and not being able to work out the spelling means that I'm guessing about the grammatical rules, too. All in all, I've found it very dispiriting.

The good news is, it seems to make every other language ridiculously easy by comparison. German was hard for me at first, but after Irish it's a breeze. Welsh? Difficult, but with the slowed-down audio I'm getting the sounds, and that means I'm slowly getting the rules too. Everywhere tells me Icelandic is wildly hard, but I can understand more Icelandic after one month than I've been able to understand of Irish in a year and change.


I agree that some of the sentences are spoken fast and are rather hard to understand, so that it is tough work to "beat the clock".


I find that writing every vocab word I get has helped with that greatly, especially at the beginning. I have a stack of papers with words written out along with my own translations of how they're pronounced (how my ear hears it anyhoo) , and as I practice, I look back at words I thought I heard. After a while, I'm able to better recognize the words as the speaker says them, and I don't have to look for them anymore.

Write out the words (many times) and say them out loud or in your head as you do. It helps them stick, for me at least.


you could keep going with irish


I am an Irish man born and raised from the North Eat of the Country, Drogheda. I have to say duolingo is absolutely amazing. I have learned more on this site that I had at school. Great to see it and I hope it continues for years to come. Keep up the GREAT work duolingo!!!


I don't really enjoy Irish that much but you on the other hand like it so I can't really say much about that.


Short answer: "there are two kinds of people in the world, those who are Irish and those who want to be Irish" XD


lol i love being part Irish


That leaves out the third kind: "I'm Irish on my great-grandmothers' side, because her husband/father/brother-in-law was from Dublin, and I drink green beer every St Patrick's day". ;)

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