Locked sections and the need for other conversations
I appreciate the system is to go through various sections but the aspect of having to complete one section to unlock another can be quite frustrating. For instance just as I did when learning french my first things apart from greeting and general I wanted to be able to say things like I have a reservations; where is the hotel, etc.
In the Irish I am learning food which is fine; but animals! I want to hold a conversation and ask first.
The Irish course here does not contain “practical” content oriented to the immediate needs of tourists. If that is what you seek, then I’d recommend that you look elsewhere for an Irish course with such content.
Tourists have no "practical" need for any Irish. If anything, the staff in hotels in Ireland are less likely to speak Irish than Irish people in general, as the hospitality business is a very International business.
I am not a tourist to Ireland - father born in Dublin - I am returning to my roots and therefore would like to speak to people on everyday things.... going out for a meal.... booking a table.... travelling around the country - I am retired and therefore would like to do more travelling. I am fully aware of the not need to speak the language it is purely a roots thing for myself.
It's pretty impressive all the same and I think I'll upgrade once I have all the free courses completed. The content is just to help with phrases and sounds. You could try websites where you can input the phrases that you want to translate and use this website for sounds etc. I could easily see myself learning a few languages with this website, so it's got my vote.
All of Duolingo's courses are free - Duolingo Plus does not give you access to any additional content.
Thanks for letting me know that. Could you please tell me what is the benefit of the plus? I was going to upgrade because I thought there would be more courses etc.
Thanks, ye I decided to just stick with the free version and remove my ad blocker for this site just to show my appreciation. Angela I often found that people who live and work in Irish speaking areas prefer to speak English for business etc with non fluent Irish speakers. They're happy to chat day to day things in Irish. I do understand what you mean but it seems to me it's really just a foundation for learning and I never thought I'd say this but the old boring way of repeating phrases over and over actually works. I'm using that method now anywhere I'm learning so if you do want to learn other phrases you could take the ideas from here and apply them to your own phrases.