A quick way to test your Scottish Gaelic knowledge - outside of Duolingo!
Halò a chàirdean! (Hello friends!) :-) I found this useful website which quickly tests your knowledge of Scottish Gaelic in 3 questions. It's also a good website to use when/if you ever finish with Duolingo! Hope it helps!
Also does anyone know if there is a word for "Hi" in Scottish Gaelic? I haven't come across it in the course yet.
Also how would you say "Hope it helps" if there are any Scottish Gaelic speakers here? :D
I'm told by my elderly relatives that saying hello in Gaelic (which we just say Halò as caran-neonach said) is a relatively new thing and that they would always start a conversation by asking how someone was. So for example they would greet people by saying something along the lines of Ciamar a tha thu? Or Dè do chor? (Dè do chor means "what's your condition?")
I understand from native speakers that 'Sin thu' is a common form of greeting or 'Sin thu fhèin' (lit. 'it's yourself' - which you occasionally hear said by English speakers - the English version that is). I've also heard this on Bannan (Gaelic soap opera) and elsewhere. It is often quickly followed by 'Ciamar a tha thu' or similar.
'Hi' as a greeting (and to some extent even 'hello') is linguistically new even in English! It was originally a statement of surprise (and often spelled 'hullo') but was adopted as the preferred method of answering that new fangled and diabolical intrusion into our lives - the telephone. The original greeting preferred by Alexander Graham Bell was 'Ahoy-hoy'... and it is Mr Burns' (The Simpsons) method of answering the telephone instead of the oh-so prosaic 'Hello' preferred by Edison. I suppose to settle the matter they had a bout of fisticuffs and as Bell fell to the floor from Edison's right-hook he said 'hullo' in his surprise before passing out, thus settling the matter once and for all. Historical accounts, like your mileage, may vary ;)