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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tara-Colette

Self isolation & Scottish gaelic levels

Hi Im fast approaching level 4 and it is saying on the checkpoint it is the final level?? Is this right? Surely not!

I go through each of my gold practice levels twice each and have done for my 22 day streak.. getting a really good feel for it now, I heard they are going to bring it back into our schools here in scotland which is a fantastic plan seeing as the welsh have their native language in schools as does the republic of ireland.

So during the self isolation and lockdown learning a new language was something productive instead of scrolling through endless amounts of news on the devastation the world is in right now..

Well i hope everyone stays safe and well and pray this disappears as fast as it arrived.

April 23, 2020

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.T.Gregor

You mean the fourth checkpoint (the castle tower with the number four in it), I take it? Yes, that's the last. Keep in mind that the Scottish Gaelic tree is still fairly new and DL seems to now consider it preferable to publish a somewhat shorter course first and later extend that. There will likely be a longer version of this course at some point. Check the relevant page in the incubator, the team might publish news there, and the forum.


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

A new extended tree with more skills is definitely planned, I think this is the most recent update about it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lacey-Marie

Do you have an idea when this course will be extended?


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

Nope, no idea. That’s up to the course contributors. I’m sure they’ll give us some announcement when they have anything to share. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lacey-Marie

Thanks for letting me know:)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuneBerger1

I'm doing the same thing :D. I was born in Scotland but have been in America since a child. I lost my father several months ago, and I think that awoke a desire in me to get deeper into my roots. Dad always kept up on all Scottish things and had many on line groups and friends, so I think this makes me feel closer too him somehow. Although, he didn't speak Gaelic, they didn't learn in back then in schools. They say if you learn a language as you age it helps fight off dementia...here's hoping, lol

I hope you and yours stay healthy. I already had COVID and isolating in your home away from the rest of the family is no easy or pleasant feat!


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

It would be good if they taught it in schools but it is not comparable to Welsh, since Gaelic was never spoken throughout Scotland; it was always a Highland language.


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

That’s not true, during a few centuries Gaelic (or, to be precise, Scottish dialects of Middle Irish at the time) used to be the language of most of the Scotland.

Only the areas farthest in the south and some north-eastern islands (Orkney, Shetland) were never Gaelicised – basically the whole Scotland was using Gaelic (or its ancestor) between 11th–13th centuries. That’s why there are many place names with Gaelic origins (or Brittonic origins but borrowed into English through Gaelic intermediary) in Lowlands (see eg. here).

Of course later (since 14th c. onwards) Scots really took off, pushed Gaelic to Highlands (and even there Scots started to be used as the language of official documents), and that’s when Scottish literary tradition mostly appeared, so Scots became the definitely stronger literary language.

This article (with maps) very nicely summarizes the development of languages in Britain and Ireland throughout the history, see how much of Scotland is Gaelic between 1000 AD and 1400 AD: A Brief History of British and Irish Languages by Starkey Comics.

Here is another article fighting with the idea that Gaelic was always a Highland language: “Gaelic was never spoken here!”.

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