https://www.duolingo.com/Will359926

Scottish Gaelic!

As a few others have mentioned recently, I'd be extremely interested in seeing Scottish Gaelic brought to Duolingo. There currently isn't that many easy-to-use resources for learning the language and it could play a large part in the current revival project started by the Scottish government. I know there has been a response previously saying there isn't significant resources for Duolingo to begin creating a Scottish gaelic course, however, organisations/universities such as sabhal mòr ostaig would more than likely jump at the opportunity to help. Fingers crossed we'll see progress in the near future!

March 11, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/Fergus_McGowan

Facebook search Scottish Gaelic duolingo, there is a large group there trying to get it running

March 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JustusRobi3
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Yes, i am all for a Scotch Gaelic course! We already hav courses in four Anglosfere minority languages: Welsh, Irish, Navajo, and Hawaiian. (The first two are Celtic languages, like Scotch Gaelic.) I support having these courses, as a way to preserv these languages. See also: http://www.savegaelic.org/ “Help Save the Scottish Gaelic Language”.

Other Anglosfere minority languages that could be added: Manx, Cornish, Cherokee, Maori.

Speaking of Celtic, March 17 is St. Patrick's Day.

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mike111251
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I'd love to see Scottish Gaelic and Cornish added soon.

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Judit294350

In order for it to happen it needs a good size potential pool of students plus quite a few people fluent in both English and Gaelic who are willing to put in 100s (if not 1000s) of hours for free. Don't hold your breath.

March 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Pitou04
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If they're as passionate about their language as Irish-speakers, this might happen :)

March 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/.Q1KS
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YES PLEASE, I am super interested in this!!!

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ISpeakAlien
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If you speak Scottish Gaelic, please apply to contribute.

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DerrickMcClure1

Yes indeed. Irish and Welsh are available from Duolingo; why then not Scottish Gaelic? Of course it's not a "necessity": the relevant facts are (a) it is a fascinating language with a rich literary culture (maybe RooyAguirre doesn't realise that some of the finest poetry writtn in Scotland in the 20th and 21st centuries has been in Gaelic); (b) lots of people are interested in learning it; (c) the Scottish Government has been actively promoting it for years, and interest in it is increasing even among people for whom it is not even an ancestral language; (d) - a less serious point - if Duolingo can include fantasy languages like Klingon it can flaming well include REAL languages like Gaelic!

March 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RooyAguirre

Why are you against me though? I literally said that I would like to have a Scottish Gaelic course! I just don't think it's a priority right now! Oh my God.

(Plus, of course I realize that amazing poetry was written in Scottish Gaelic. I just gave my opinion, nothing to be mad about).

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DerrickMcClure1

I'm not against you - I disagree with your opinion, but there's nothing personal in that - and I'm not the least bit mad. Sorry if I did you an injustice in not realising that you were aware of the wealth of Gaelic poetry!

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RooyAguirre

I'm a writer that have read A LOT of books. Of course I had to be in touch with the Gaelic writing. Haha!

March 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AudenGraham

As a verified member of the Graham clan in Scotland, I support this

March 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Moira582602

As a Scot but non-Gaelic speaker, I think it should be added. There are schools on the Highlands & Islands which are taught in Gaelic. There are festivals of Gaelic, music and poetry. As there are in Welsh.

You don't need to speak Welsh to live in, or visit Wales. But it is the national language. Gaelic isn't the national language for the whole of Scotland. It is the language of the Highlands & Islands. If you spoke it in Edinburgh, Stirling or Glasgow they would look at you queerly and might even say "awa an bile yor heed." (which being translated = get lost)

I don't think Manx and Cornish are languages used in schools or have the same coverage as Welsh or Gaelic (and Irish has more common usage)

Although in saying that people may want to learn them. How useful they would be, I don't know.

March 13, 2019

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There is a Manx-medium school, Bunscoill Ghaelgagh, on Isle of Man. There is now also at least one Cornish-medium nursery school / kindergarten. And i read or heard a report recently that 12,000 people (was it in Cornwall alone or adjacent areas also?) signed up to learn Cornish. I think Duo courses in Manx or Cornish would be a viable idea, and people would patronize them. (Look, the Irish course has over 900,000 learners, more than many other available languages.)

March 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RooyAguirre

In my sincere and personal opinion, I think Duolingo should focus on more popular languages choices right now, due to the fact that there's a high demand for some of them (Finnish, Latin [useless indeed], Farji, Haitian Creole, etc).

Scottish Gaelic sounds intriguing, indeed, but I don't really think it's a necessity now. We've been waiting on Arabic for an eternity, and they gave languages like Klingon, or High Valyrian, that, come on, they're not really needed.

I just hope Duolingo makes its priorities high, but Scottish Gaelic sounds great!

Beannachd leat!

March 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/3Dmonocle
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@RooyAguirre a Lingot for your opinion :)

I don't know why somebody downvoted you. It's just your opinion.

Here is mine: Every language is a gift, especially when you have learned it. Of course it is necessary to also have Scottich Gaelic on Duolingo.

My most useful languages are not big or popular languages .. I speak Danish. It is only useful here in Denmark. Does that mean my language is not important? Esperanto is also a language I use a few times a week. I have friends where it is our only common language. I am sure that people who speak Klingon think it is important or even needed in their lives.

I am not sure if popular languages should be a priority... An unknown language could be your next popular language if you found it one day on Duolingo :D

It is not an either or priority, because it would not take long to make a course in Scottich Gaelic when there are many who will help voluntarily. Duo just have to start it.

They need to start all languages and let the world unite :-) Yeah!

March 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RooyAguirre

True! Like, I didn't want to make it seem like Scottish Gaelic was useless and dumb, because that's not true! I really think Scottish Gaelic is an amazing language. I just don't think it's in Duolingo's priority right now, but I'd be glad if there was a Scottish Gaelic course too!

All language should unite too! :-D

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Moira582602

I would think Arabic would be difficult because of the orthography.

There are also different types of Arabic. My friend learned classical Arabic at uni and went to live in Egypt - different type. The family moved to Morocco - different again, although she could make herself understood a bit. She has been working with Syrian refugees and yet a different type.

Isn't language fun and interesting.

March 14, 2019
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