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!).
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!
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.
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!
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. :)
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...
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.
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?
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?!!
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)
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
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