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First Day with Duolingo - Irish Style

Looking forward to learning the Irish Course! Very exciting! Any tips before I tackle my big journey? Thanks!

September 2, 2014



The main thing is: DON"T GIVE UP. Most users on Duolingo will give up on learning a language...don't be them. When you get stuck, get back to the basics. And it will take a lot of hard work to complete it!


I'll add to this and say try to practice a little every day rather than, like, a bunch once a week. Aim for at least one lesson a day. Assuming you have sufficient internet access, it shouldn't take more than 5-10 minutes for a lesson (15 minutes if it's hard and you have to do it 2-3 times) - potentially less time than it takes you to shower and groom!


Listen to some Irish music to get yourself pumped up, and practice every day!


Just have fun.. I am. And I hope the following helps to motivate you a little.
The first time I tried to learn a language it was a formal German class in 1995. It lasted 6 months. I learnt to count from 1 to 10, say Mother, Father and Good Day. That's it. I walked away from that class feeling like I had 0 aptitude for language. I don't blame the teacher because most of the other students did fantastically. They could have basic conversations in German by the end of it. It wasn't even me being shunned or anything. The teacher did her best.
Years later, I learnt "How I learn". And the German teacher was good, but "Not my style of teaching". Nothing more. I need to write what I see/hear to learn. We were learning by saying back and repeating and talking and NOT writing.
I'm 4 days into Irish. The word count at the top right is 150 (Most of that is plurals and variations of word. I eat, they eat etc). But this morning whilst making myself a cup of coffee I said out loud "Olann an caife" I drink the coffee.. BOOM. I didn't struggle. It was just there.
I'm not fluent, nor do I pretend to be, but I am super highly impressed with this. I am aware of some "pronunciation concerns" raised by the community. But I think of it like this: I've learnt more of a language using this method than when I did the class. I'm feeling more comfortable that I'll one day be able to cross "Learn another non-computer language" off my bucket list.

Meantime, never be afraid to go back to the basics and do them again. When you struggle on another area, go back to the basics. It's like a little "Proof" that you can do it. When I was getting stuck in food (It happened a few times), I went back to the 1st level and hit strength. Bam completed with no lost hearts. I can do it. It was like having a mini "Rocky Theme" playing when I went back. I can do it. I just need to try again.


Agreed. It is easy to give up when it gets hard, and it does. I've given up before. But I think this might be something different. You can always go back to easier lessons to restore your confidence.


There's an Irish language radio station called Radio na Gaeltachta and a TV channel called TG4. They're available in Ireland but I don't know how easy it is to access them abroad, though there may be podcasts or whatever.


TG4 has been very helpful to me in terms of understanding. I don't always understand everyhing but maybe, someday


I take things very, very slowly with learning these new languages. No need to try and rush through all the lessons towards the end; I make sure I fully understand each one before moving on. It would be hard to start learning in-depth grammar rules later on when you can't even remember how to say "I read!"

I am just getting to the food portion of the course. I will probably have post-it notes all around the kitchen with the respective Irish word and pronunciation written on them.

Also, someone in another discussion linked to this site here: http://www.forvo.com/ There is limited audio in this DuoLingo course right now, so I go to the site, set the language search to Irish, and type words into there when I need a reminder on how to pronounce them. There are a lot of different dialects on there, I'm sure, and maybe everything isn't perfectly correct, but they will be closer than how I am reading it in my head!

One last thing; I like to practice right before I go to bed. Your brain continues to work on things overnight, especially if you just thought about them/feel they are important, so take advantage of that!

Have fun.... IWearSize34DD! (that's funny if you actually do, as that's my size as well. Can be so difficult to find in stores)


The person who posted the question didn't stick to the language and still has 0 XP, lol. What a shame. I am at my 2nd attempt and so far I'm doing alright. I want to create a notebook to keep notes and be sure I'm not falling behind. There are SO many to learn, so many different details from English and my mother language (Romanian)!! But it's certainly fun. Too bad you can't find Irish speakers so easily online...


I concur with what everyone is saying, especially with giving up. I already chucked it in once with Irish but then I was like "NO GO BACK". If you start to feel overwhelmed, just go back to the beginning. Maybe do a bit of those practices--timed or no--and just go with the basics until you feel confident enough to pursue the course again. Don't rush things like it's a race. Practice makes perfect!!

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