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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lori170370

Anyone else here doing Scottish Gaelic?

I took Gaelic lessons around 20 years ago, and eventually life intervened... then I saw Duolingo released Scottish Gaelic last November, so I've been plugging away at it ever since. I don't exactly see a lot of us, though - who else is on here, and where are you from? And why gaelic?? Cheers! (Slainte!) (and my accents don't work on my laptop keyboard!).

January 18, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdmcowan

Since you are in the Scottish Gaelic forum, everyone here is doing Scottish Gaelic. But a lot of people are doing it on mobile apps, rather than through web interface and the apps have much more limited access to the forums. Many of the app users don't even know the forums exist.

Me, I'm from Chicago in the US. My family has been in the US for many generations and I have a lot of different cultures in the branches of my family tree, but I have mutiple Scottish lines on both my mother's and father's side, so it's the culture I identify with most. I have studied Gaelic before, but Duolingo has made it easier to do daily study! Slàinte!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lori170370

I love Duolingo - it is so much easier than the lessons I had to travel to get to when I took Gaelic before!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tj4234

I do wish Duo would sort that. It's very annoying answering the same question repeatedly.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hope150193

Actually there’s a fair few. As of a month ago we had over 57,000 Scottish Gaelic learners on Duolingo - as many as there are fluent speakers in Scotland apparently! Not bad for a course that only came out of beta a couple of months ago.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joannejoanne12

As of right now, 164,000 :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alan930435

I learnt Gaelic at uni for one year more than 30 years ago...got up to a lower-intermediate level...then "life intervened". Wanted to pick it up again but time an motivation were lacking. So glad this course exists: instead of surfing the net mindlessly, I come here instead for about an hour every day.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rebekah417138

Hi, I am learning for the first time. I moved up to Scotland 25 years ago - I hear similarities between Scottish Gaelic and some other languages. There are quite a lot of us doing it. If you look on the right hand column of your home page you will see a list of who is chasing you for points and vice-versa. I have found it very addictive - I have only been learning for two weeks.

I have the same frustration about the accents on my laptop keyboard even though I have installed the Gaelic Language keyboard on it. I don't like being told I have the answers wrong because I cannot input the accents!

I think I may have missed something in the installation - so it's back to the Control Panel for me to try and sort it. Best of luck, Lori!

Rebekah


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MimiMcC99999

I haven't had answers counted as wrong because of accents. I get the Pay attention to accents note but the answer is marked as correct. Also, there are many different keyboards available. I've used Gboard and Swiftkey, and I think I prefer Swiftkey.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamCurrier1

I use 'United Kingdom Extended' on my laptop which enables me to use the key on the left hand side of the number 1 key to do the accents. I have found though that it defaults back to the 'United Kingdom' after the laptop has been switched off and turned on the next day.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rebekah417138

Thank you for that tip, Sam. I have now installed it & will try it out today. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamCurrier1

If you can get it working it does speed up things quite a bit!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MimiMcC99999

That gives you accents, but the keyboards I mentioned give you word suggestions. It's very helpful at the beginning when the spelling seems so confounding.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamCurrier1

That's useful to know, I think I am past that stage now thank goodness though there are some really strange ones - 'soon' is - a dh'aithghearr.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lyn-ens

Tapadh leat. After reading your post I looked at the key on the left of #1 on my Apple. There is the accent key!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CIMacAonghais

Hi Rebekah, you should never be marked wrong for accents. It may give you a prompt saying to remember them but the answer will still be marked. If you are being marked incorrect then there must be something else going on. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tj4234

Out of interest, would it mark you wrong if the lack of accents changes the meaning?

For example feis vs fèis.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CIMacAonghais

No, but for that example I really wish it would! It will still prompt you to remember to include them and she you the correct example but here there are no instances where it will stop you progressing.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rebekah417138

Hi, you are correct - my mistake. I do get the prompts about paying attention to accents. One of the problems I have is that they are so small I cannot always see them, even when enlarging my screen. Having said that, I am beginning to realise from the sounds of the words which ones do need accents. It's a long learning curve. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lori170370

When I do it on mobile, sometimes the accents are so small i can't see them either!! That is one of my biggest frustrations on mobile - darn you, middle age! Tha mi cho greannach!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MimiMcC99999

Have you tried downloading a virtual keyboard?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lori170370

uhhhh... I have no idea what that is!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sam343817

Hey there! I’m from Northern California and started learning Celtic languages really more out of curiosity and thne just got hooked....and when the Scottish Gaelic course came out i added that.....i have met a Gaelic speaking woman from Nova Scotia on social media and so it was fun to write back and forth a few basic sentences! I hope to really take steps to learn it past Duolingo...and indeed do it for as many Celtic languages as i can...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZebstrikaZel

I've been learning for several weeks and am already about to do the second checkpoint :D I have some Celtic heritage and have felt drawn to all things Scottish and Irish my entire life, almost like it was the language I was really meant to know.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zia177448

According to the page where you can add a new course, there are around 159 000 people learning Gaelic.

I'm from Germany and as far as I know, I don't have any personal ties to Scotland (aside from a very enjoyable vacation last summer). I'm just interested in all kinds of different languages and the course is also quite fun to do.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hope150193

Wow... that’s a lot extra in the past month. Guess we hit critical mass or something.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/genugzeit

Hello! I am taking this course, both on the app and on the web interface. I am from Brooklyn in the US, and my mum hails from Glasgow, so I have always been curious about all things Scots. Perhaps someone here can help you program your keyboard... my man helped me with mine (Linux). Where are you from?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lori170370

I'm originally from Ontario (currently living in the US), but my mother's family hails from Cape Breton Island - Gaelic was my grandma's first language, in fact - she didn't learn English until she went to school. She was quite a character - her dad was a fisherman, and as one of the 'poor' kids, she had to bring lobster to school for her lunches. So much has changed, eh?!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/genugzeit

Wow that is something! Bet she would think it is great that you are learning it now.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarkDougla697555

I enjoy this course. Always wanted to learn Gaelic but of course we got French or discipline at school.

Accents: what kind of laptop do you have? on an apple laptop you can press alt and ` at the same time, let go, then press a vowel to get the accented characters àèìòù. (Other stuff can come out of the alt key, like ðþøñî)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lori170370

oooooo! Thank you! I go between using my laptop and my mobile for this, and now there is hope for me on the laptop (i've lost all hope for doing well on my mobile, lol)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gerri859341

I am

I started beginning of this month

I learnt Scottish Gaelic as an evening class for a year at the City Lit 1990/91 and joined Còisir Lunnainn ( London Gaelic Choir ) the same year . I sang with them until 1995. I also did the Traditional Singing Week long Workshop at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on Sky 4 years running back then

Interesting to go back and see what I remember after 20 odd years . it’s also bringing back phrases from songs and tunes


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gerri859341

Sorry that should have read SKYE

I use an iPad and if you press hard on say “a” you get various types of “ a” so you just SLIDE your finger to correct one à á â å etc


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lyn-ens

Tha mi ann an Indiana. Tha Gaedlig sporsail. I am just beginning but loving it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gerri859341

There is a duolingo Scottish Gaelic Group on Face Book. You might not have come across Iain yet .

As you progress on the course you will come across various sentences that relate to Iain and his habits. There is now a FB site dedicated to discussing Iain and Iain related comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lyn-ens

Yes. I’ve met Ian☺️ Thanks

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