Tips and notes finished for all 34 skills!
Update: the course now has tips and grammar notes for all 34 skills. They explain the key teaching points of each lesson, as well as some cultural context.
They are available in the web version of the course or by clicking the link below. Have tried to keep them as light and engaging as possible. About 13,500 notes have been written in just 3 weeks (my undergrad dissertation was only 13,000!) so I am really hoping folk will use them!
While doing the course I have discovered that the system has some rather unfortunate tendencies as far as 'typos' are concerned. Sometimes I have been irked when the system has marked what I consider to be an obvious typo as an error but the main issue a I see it is that certain crucial errors like not aspirating when I should or failing to slenderise are treated as 'Typos' when in fact they are in some ways the crux of the example. I don't know how easy this would be to correct but if possible it would make a significant improvement to the course.
I noticed that too, and I was actually thinking of starting a thread about it. I got away with an awful lot of "tha" instead of "bha" and "i" instead of "e" and so on. Quite often I looked at a "typo" and realised it was an absolute howler. This is actually far more significant than the odd silly typo in English. (I once typed "Normal" instead of "Norman" and it was rejected.)
It's also probably too forgiving of missing accents and commas.
There is the report facility which includes the possibility to report "my answer should not have been accepted" and I wondered if I should have been using that. Although at the time I wasn't turning down a free pass.
I'm going to go through the tree again. I wonder if we could get some guidance from the mods about this, whether they want such reports or whether it would just overload them.
To be honest I think there is very little we can do about the one letter mistakes giving people a free pass. It’s a common issue with all courses. I wouldn’t report these as there is nothing we can do with them as it requires a change in the software itself and the same rules apply to all courses. Thanks though! There may be a way to change this is future but on the plus side a correct translation should still be given at the bottom. :)
Me too! I'm loving them - thank you so much for all the time and thought that's gone into them, and of course for the lessons themselves. They're so good!! I've had in my mind that I'd like to learn Gaelic for years, and now I'm actually doing it, and enjoying it immensely! :-)
I am finding the audio of the lady with a deep voice (older lady) extremely difficult to understand. She speaks very quickly & her enunciation & pronunciation is not at all clear. The male voices are clearer and the speech is at a better pace. Is anyone else having this problem? I don't hear Gaelic on a daily basis, if at all, so haven't been able to attune my ears very easily.
Also - now that I have completed my tree it is very hard to amass any points just using the practice exercises, so I feel I will become a bit stagnant. What comes after Level 3 & the end of the tree? Are there more levels? I hope so!
I have to admit I have become addicted & cannot wait for each day's session!
The recording quality of her segments is a bit poorer but I think she does have a different accent to the others so on balance probably very useful. I don't think there are any words she uses which aren't used by the other speakers. I actually find it useful to hear it spoken in a more everyday manner (as long as there are others which are clearer of course!)
Was it just me then? I battled through the first module wishing like hell there were explanatory notes somewhere. I started looking at the comments on the individual questions where there were any, because there were some good tips there. It wasn't until I was starting the second module that I discovered from a comment that there was a wee light-bulb on each topic that I hadn't even seen, and if you clicked that, voila, as they say. Now I'm going back and reading them all in one go.
Did I miss some obvious pointer to this feature? Judging by the comments, there are other people who didn't know either. I think some more blatant hint that the facility exists might benefit bears of very little brain like myself.
You are not the only one, Morag. I kept wanting more explanation and grammar info as I was proceeding, but it is not obvious where to find it. Luckily I had some old books laying around from failed attempts to learn Gaelic. So, I had some basic understanding. I kept thinking it would be very annoying for someone totally new to Gaelic to just learn from the lessons alone. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Not being a native English speaker myself, it can be said that it has been a little challenging to deduce the grammar only by the lessons… it was funny (I got until fifth crown at home lesson until I realized there were notes…) but definitely, it is much better now. I’m really enjoying the course!!! Tapadh leibh
Thank you very much. I love the notes which are exactly the right balance of informative and funny. I particularly appreciated the references to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds' view regarding guga, and the existence of vegetarian haggis, full marks for inclusivity.
I'm not seeing any tips and notes for "Weather 2". I felt I could have done with some explanation of some of the concepts introduced, like the adjectives that go in front of the noun. I appreciate this was mentioned later, but at this point it all seemed a bit strange.
Was the omission of the notes at this stage intentional, or has there been a mistake?
Tapadh leibh for the sgoinneil course! I just found out this had funny tips I could not see on the app now that I've finished the tree... makes so much sense now... I have to do it all again hehehe
I just guessed out the lenition was just local variations by now. Oops !
I just wanted to ask, to go further, how could we say "please" in Scottish Gaelic ? I thought it would be clever not to threaten a Highlander next time I try to order a whisky ;)
Hi CIMacAonghais, thank you so much for the tips and grammar notes for all 34 skills! They have helped me immensely learn this beautiful language. I have found the tips for the "about me" section different on duome.eu site compared to the tips on the Duolingo learning page. The Duome.eu site talks about 'I am Morag' and the Learning page has notes on 'ann an/ann am' etc. Just wanted to see if that was correct? Tapadh leibh :)
New user here. I used them initially - thought the tips changed each lesson, so when they stayed the same, I quit. AND THEN i realized they changed per skill. They really are valuable. I've printed them out, and refer to them regularly. I still struggle with lenition and gender but am getting better. M`oran taing to the Tip-Team!
Looks like I've found the right place to complement the Gaelic tips :-) I love learning languages but I actually look forward to reading the Gaelic tips even more than the lessons - always make me smile, and often chuckle. (Just got to the excitement of the masculine definite article!) They're really useful too! Tha tips sgoinneil. Tapadh leibh!
I have been working on the Gaelic course for about five weeks and I am loving it so much so far. I am Scottish but from the central belt and sadly Gàidhlig isn’t taught in schools, I think it should be. It’s something I’ve always wanted to learn and I was really excited to start this course. I have just discovered these tips and they are fantastic. There were a few things that hadn’t completely made sense to me but reading through this things are starting click even more! So thank you to the team that complied it! Tapadh leibh!!!