Other Irish learners
I am following one person simply because they seem to be about the same level as me on the ruby/sapphire etc table. I frequently search through the profiles of people who are at around the same level as me but I've never once found anyone who is learning Irish. I'm beginning to feel like the only one. Is there some way to identify the Irish learners. I know it might sound a bit petty but I like the added fun of knowing where I am in relation to my 'peers' so to speak.
There are at least 84 language pairs on Duolingo, and 10s of millions of active users. Of those, less than a million are learning Irish, so it isn't surprising that a group of 50 random users would have 1 or fewer learners of Irish.
There are two places you can find users who are learning Irish:
1) This forum
2) https://duome.eu/ga (he lists 2669 Irish learners who have at least a 100 day streak and allow him to post their info on his site)
'Less than a million are learning Irish' is an amazing statistic to me. my ancestors left when the population was dropping from around six to four million (1840s) so one million learners is a substantial amount of people. Thanks for letting me know.
If you hover over the language selector (the Irish flag) at the top of the screen, then click Add a New Course, you can browse through and see the number of active learners for each language. It's 974,000 for Irish at the moment. My sense it that's the number of users who have done an Irish lesson within the past year, though I am not sure Duolingo has been really specific about how they get that number.
You might also find this discussion interesting:
It's about the numbers from the 2016 Irish Census showing how many Irish speakers there are in the country - about 1.76 million. but about 74k use it on a daily basis.
You can find a copy of the official grammar courtesy of the Irish government here; https://data.oireachtas.ie/ie/oireachtas/caighdeanOifigiul/2017/2017-08-03_an-caighdean-oifigiuil-2017_en.pdf
So, now I have company as an Irish learner. Good to see. I look forward to trying futurelearn when it restarts and I have an Irish language calendar downloaded, which is helping enormously with my 'Times and Dates' learning. I don't know if it helps to know, but I push into new categories very slowly and continually repeat old categories as practise sessions because I still make very basic mistakes with lenition, eclipses and sentence structure particularly with regard to questions. Feminine and masculine nouns cause me problems too. This could be a very long 'journey' indeed.
The Irish language surprised me! It is very beautiful! Now my hobby is to listen to Irish songs. My problem is different. I am looking for any Brazilian learning Irish and I haven't found one yet.
Find an Irish pub and find out when they have trad music sessions most do if you can go there are usually people who at least speak it a bit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVFPYOSNE3k , Natália Danzmann Brazilian Irish speaker https://www.youtube.com/user/Irlandesaaa , https://www.deviantart.com/irlandesaaa . http://www.independentstateofhappiness.com/index.php/ga/gradaim-buaicphointi/imeasc-cuntas-gearr maybe this place can help you find other learners or http://www.abei.org.br/about.html
Thanks, I'll take a look. Duolingo is probably enough, perhaps a little too much, for me now though.
These are the futurelearn Irish courses. They are not running at the moment but you can request an alert for the next course. The book of Kells is due to start in September. All are free if you don’t want a certificate.
I started learning Irish several weeks ago. I'm on a 47 day streak now. I've been enjoying myself immensely, and to actually see progress is very encouraging. I tried Rosetta Stone Irish a few years ago and never got into it. I'm an American with no Irish family that I know of, but I have been very curious about the history of Ireland for years. Learning Gaeilge seemed like a natural thing to do. I have been to Dublin once a few years ago, but now I want to go back and head to the Gaeltacht.
Looking through the above comments, like me, you will see we are not alone. Good to hear. Thanks.
Go neiri an tadh libh go leir. An bhfaca sibh na cursai gaeilge ar futurelearn? Ta se ceann ar fail ach nil siad ar siul anois. Is docha go mbeidh siad ar ais aris i gceann cupla mhi.
I'm already signed up for Book of Kells. It will be a nice diversion from drilling verbs.
Thanks, but more than 200 pages of grammar, all written in Irish, is well beyond my ability at the moment.