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We have been busy Planning and Scheming...

Hello all! Conas atá sibh!

We do apologise for the recent silence from the Irish team. For the past few weeks we have been regrouping and reviewing our strategies.

We have recently restarted the second course, Tree 2, and plan to release it next summer. This time we are determined to finish the course because it will be very different, and we are excited to have a much improved course available to you!

Our new course will firmly focus on conversation and shift from our former grammar based approach. We are much more interested in getting you talking than making you practise grammar! The focus this time will be on impactful and relevant language to set you up for real everyday conversations as soon as possible.

Our more practical approach is best summed up in a new skill—Asking for Help—which will appear very early on in the new Tree. This will help you ask what a word means, or how to say something, and should help you take your basic skills even further with other speakers.

We hope you are excited for a new course, and we are all working hard to get it finished as soon as possible.

More to come soon. Watch this space.

From Noah, the most recent member of the Duolingo Irish Team (Foireann na Gaeilge, Duolingo).

September 5, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scilling

More to come soon. Watch this space.

Have you considered regularly updating the Irish course’s Incubator page, as an appropriate space to watch for more to come? (The Irish team’s recent silence has lasted for fifteen months there.)

EDIT: This discussion is a copy of the most recent update there.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NoahHiggs

Thanks for the feedback. This update was also posted to the Incubator at the same time to maximise its reach, and we'll continue to use both—especially if that's what the community wants.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/birgit72635

This is so great news!! Go raibh maith agaibh!! I will be waiting for the new tree (im)patiently. ;-)))


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lesley183538

This sounds like very good news. It should be very helpful. I can't wait. Thank you to everyone working on it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heathermagoo

Maith thu, a chara! Very excited to hear Tree 2.0 is on the move again. I'm wild about Irish and someday I'm going to be able hold intelligent (or at least intelligible) conversations as Gaelige.

This young man gave a TED talk about the beauty of the Irish language in Berkeley this year. (I think he used to play Jeaic in the Aifric series). Very much oriented to the international community and possibly cringe-worthy for people who speak Irish everyday. But I liked it. Áilleacht na Gaeilge, the beauty of the Irish language, is what has lured me on through 100's of hours of learning. Gutsy of him to give the "Lament of the Three Marys" a go.

For learning the basics of Irish, I haven't found anything even remotely close to Duolingo. A terrific resource. Can't wait for the new, improved version.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NoahHiggs

Gura míle, a Heather. Dónall may have tailored his talk to an international audience, but his message is true and I'm impressed that he told it so compellingly.


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This young man gave a TED talk about the beauty of the Irish language.

Go raibh maith agat, a Heather. Bhí sé sin go hálainn!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/King2E4

Our new course will firmly focus on conversation and shift from our former grammar based approach. We are much more interested in getting you talking than making you practise grammar! The focus this time will be on impactful and relevant language to set you up for real everyday conversations as soon as possible.

I'm sure the Irish learners are glad that there is going to be an updated tree, but please don't turn it into a phrasebook. Phrasebooks only turn you into a parrot, regurgitating everything that is "taught".

You will never be truly fluent if you turn into a parrot.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BryanWHolmes

Agreed. Irish grammar can be tricky, and the Eclipsis and Lenition make it more challenging. There almost needs to be a true "Phase 2", where you build upon what is already in place. Either integrate the new content into the existing lessons to help reinforce the concepts, or add an all new Conversation section. I'm excited to see what is coming, for sure. I'm just worried that what we have now will go away, and as you put it, I don't want to be a parrot


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmiableAelf

Tá sé sin go hiontach! That's wonderful!

I've been learning Gaeilge for about two months, /ever since I discovered Duo/ and thoroughly enjoying every single lesson here.

I've seen that some of the older Duo trees already have their expanded/improved versions 2.0 or even higher, so I've been hoping for the new version of the Irish course too, my absolutely FAVOURITE Duo tree... And now I'm simply thrilled and delighted to read the news :]

Ag foghlaim Gaeilge an caitheamh aimsire atá agam. Is aoibheann liom an teanga seo!

Ok, I confess that I've learned those particular sentences outside of Duo, and they're a wee bit more difficult than my current beginner level of lessons here, but:

a] it is this Duo course which encourages me to slowly and shyly search for some other Irish resources in the wilderness of the Internet, and

b] those two sentences still describe my enthusiastic attitude towards not only Irish language in general, but towards this Duo course in particular :]

And I enjoy all of it: not just the tree itself and every lightbulb of 'tips and notes' which help me to understand a little bit more, but I also love this forum. The discussions between beginners and some more experienced learners/contributors, written under almost every single 'sentence excercise' here are invaluable. I even genuinely enjoy the /apparently controversial for some users/, human voice in the recordings. I think the timbre of that lady's voice is truly beautiful and I honestly prefer it to every computer generated voice in other language courses here on Duo. It adds so much authentic, believable emotions to the enchanting rhytm and melody of the language itself - it actually helps me to understand /or rather feel/ what is being said even before I read the translation sometimes...

In short - I'm delighted with the Irish course, I'm all eager to learn more and I just can't wait for the new tree :] I hope that that by the time it's released I will have learned all the lessons of the current version of the course.

Thank you so much for all your hard work here and for the great news :]

Go raibh maith agaibh agus go n-éirí libh !


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