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

Next iteration of Scots Gaelic?

OK I have only got to the bottom of the tree so there is a lot still to do. But I will not be "as happy as a shoe" until the next installment is released so the comment about Dative in that saying is explained. :-)

February 7, 2020

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

Hey, we're busy working on the next tree at the moment, but as we all work/study full time, it is not the easiest of tasks. I honestly couldn't tell you when the next release will be (because we don't know yet), but I can tell you that there is already a lot of new content written up. I wish we could release it all to you now! This is probably my cue to go and do some work in the incubator...


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

Hey, I think we're all really grateful and appreciate what you're doing. I'm looking round at other learning methods too, but I find the Duolingo method really suits me. (I just hope this degrading of the 4th to 5th crown progression doesn't have too adverse an effect on retention.) Although I bombed through the tree I realise it's going to take a fair bit more work to get that material into long term memory, so I'm not short of something to do.

The main reason I signed up for Plus was that I thought you guys were so great you deserved a reward. Are they really not paying you? Is our heartfelt thanks going to have to be enough?


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

Haha, nope, we're volunteers. But I promise you, your heartfelt thanks is more than enough for me. I wouldn't be spending my time doing this if I didn't enjoy it/think it was worth it :)


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

Joanne, while you're here, [engages flattery mode] as you're so kind and helpful, could you help me fill in a wee table I have?

We have annam, annad, and then annaibh, but unless I've missed something I'm not seeing a first person plural or any third person forms. I have a crib-sheet table with gaps in it. This offends my OCD. Can you tell us the missing words?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joannejoanne12
Gaelic English Translation
ann in
annam in me
annad in you (singular)
ann in him
innte in her
annainn in us
annaibh in you (plural)
annta in them

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

Tapadh leibh! Moran taing! (Just a bit of a completist here.)


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

I know how you feel, but I still need a lot of reinforcement on the material that's already here. I'm watching CBeebies in Gaelic right now on BBC Alba, and I keep hearing words I recognise but have forgotten the meaning of. I still can't breeze through the practice lessons without realising they've just dredged up something I'd forgotten.

I know I'll jump on the new material when it appears, and it's probably a good thing if I get more practice in what's there already before I do that.


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

I have just posted the same question -- Morag_Kerr is right there is plenty of reinforcement needed so the modest amount of new words can stick in memory longer -- quite possibly years -- would be nice to be making progress on new stuff at the same time also...


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

I don't think we need years enforcement on the material we have already, without moving on! I just meant there are other things to do that will help reinforce what's already on the tree. Watch Can Seo on YouTube. (You can skip ahead to see where they start introducing new material or material you need reinforcing on.) Look at the LearnGaelic beginner course. Not so entertaining as Duolingo, but the range of material is slightly different. Watch BBC Alba (right now it's weird watching my own country's home news, the current politics scandal, in a language I can't follow to that level). Do lots of practice lessons on the Duolingo topics you've already completed until you can breeze through them without really thinking. (It's a pain these lessons aren't as challenging as the ones leading to the 5th crown, but they're not useless.)

The really kiddie CBeebies stuff, meant for toddlers, is actually remarkably good because it is designed to be "comprehensible input) for small children learning the language naturally. I used to moan a bit when Radio 3 went off-air on the TV channels to make bandwidth room for BBC Alba, but now I switch over with alacrity because that's the time the kiddie stuff is on.

I've signed up for a local Gaelic evening class that's starting in four weeks. The more you do the more you'll retain.

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