I've enjoyed other people's info. about other complementary ways to expand our Gaelic eg easy books ,websites etc. Some of you might like to know Future Learn is starting a new beginner's course on September 10. Just type Future Learn into your browser or Google it. It is run by Dublin City Uni. totally online. Usually about 4 hours per week for 4 weeks. Free. no hassle whether you do or not do the work. They do Irish at 4 levels but not all at the same time eg I did level 3 in the Spring because that was the only one 'open' at the time. Now course 101 ie level one is being repeated again. It is not all language but a bit of history and ancient stories as well. I love Future Learn's way of learning and have done several courses with them eg Richard 3, Hadrian's wall. Often these are longer than the Irish ones. I hope this is of interest and that Duolingo don't mind me mentioning it. They are different not alternatives. I will still do Duolingo.
Links to the four courses, and their next start dates as of 2018-07-30, are:
- Irish 101: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture (starts 2018-09-10)
- Irish 102: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture (starts 2018-10-08)
- Irish 103: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture (currently being taught)
- Irish 104: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture (starts 2018-08-27)
Gratis access to each of the courses lasts for six weeks.
I haven’t taken any of the Future Learn courses, so I can’t comment on any of them.
I have done the first three Future Learn Irish courses and found them very useful as well. I'd recommend them for supplementing your Duolingo learning.
Does anyone have experience with Gaeilge gan Stro? It's a textbook series I've heard is pretty good and makes a good addition to Duolingo, but haven't really met anyone who's used it. I have the first course coming, so I'm excited to dive in and see how it is.
You will get mixed reviews about it but personally I think they are excellent. I have completed the first book (green one) and onto the red. The Irish class I attend uses it and it covers a lot of useful conversation areas. It comes with cds so you can listen to the various role plays and exercises from the book. Only slight downside for me is that while it does touch on Ulster Irish it favours the other dialects.