Welcome to the Incubator, Irish contributors!
I felt like this deserved a wee post ;) Many thanks to alexinIreland and Lancet, Duolingo's new Irish contributors!
I just wanted to extend a personal thanks as I am looking forward to finally having a quality course I can take that will help me learn (and hear!) the difficult pronunciations of Irish words and use an immaculate interface like Duo's to learn this language!
...also, soon a language that has long been considered endangered will enjoy a host of budding students--armed with the tools to study and practice it, and be part of its revival.
It's a beautiful thing, ladies and gents. Thanks all around!
I'd love to see ojibwe here, which has a large population but is struggling as a language. Also Dakota/Lakota - there are very large reservations with basically 100% lakota/dakota populations, in isolated areas, meaning building the language in a younger generation could be done without nearly as much distraction as in big cities. Unfortunately internet access is another challenge there.
I think it's awesome that duolingo is moving into the realm of teaching endangered languages. Though I doubt I'll make much use of the Irish course myself, I am ever so glad to see that it's in the words and I hope it will help to preserve the language and make way for more of the world's endangered languages. :-)
I should mention one other reason I am excited to see Irish emerge on Duolingo: it could be the first incubator release that did not start out with an "English for _ speakers" and then reverse. This has exciting implications for the future as well, as other endangered and extinct languages will likely not have corresponding English learning courses. :)
Nil me abalta fanacht- Tá sceitimini orm!
This is terrific news, I shall be counting down the days till it's release then try and be the first to finish the tree :)
Two big cheers to alexinIreland and Lancet and wish them the luck of the Irish. T'is even possible Irish will be the first course realeased for english Speakers on the incubator (though perhaps a long shot- still think of how cool that would be!) such a proud heritage- the first non- majour language to reach duolingo!!!