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Gaelic and Gaeilge

Does anyone know what the major differences between Scottish Gaelic and Irish Gaeilge are? I am just starting to learn Irish.

3 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/CadetheBruce
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Orthography. Phonology. Vocabulary. History. Culture. Speaker community. The details are a bit much to get into at lunch time (for me).

While the two language share some degree of mutual intelligibility, they are distinctly two different languages and if you want to communicate properly in both you will need to learn both. I learned Gaelic first and it's my favorite of the two (I admit bias here). I study Irish to be able to communicate with Irish speakers as the two languages and cultures are closely connected.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CadetheBruce
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BTW: for a taste of Gaelic: LearnGaelic.net. It's free.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/birgit72635
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Hello CadetheBruce, I am part of a group of people who use discord in addition to duolingo to learn and to chat (in target languages). We thought you would be a good match for our group and I would like to invite you if you were interested. Please, drop a lone here and I will tell you more. I am looking forward to your answer. LG Birgit ;-)

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https://www.duolingo.com/MariaClery
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I often watch the BBC Scottish tv and I can understand most of it , I can also read Scots Gaelic and understand , I think there is very little difference between them. I speak Spanish but find it difficult to understand portaguase .

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https://www.duolingo.com/fr224
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Scottish has no voiced consonants, they distinguished between voiceless aspirated and unaspirated instead.

3 months ago
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