Thank you Duolingo team for teaching me Irish!
Hooray! I finished the Irish tree today and it's fully golden!
I'm sure keeping it fully golden will take some work but I'm definitely looking forward to the Irish immersion tab.
Congratulations, @SeanMcGinnis! I'm in awe of anyone who's completed the Irish tree.
Each Irish chapter is a fascinating new adventure. But a Golden Duo in Irish is still an El Dorado hovering on the horizon of my dreams. Thanks for showing it can be accomplished by mere mortals (of course, assuming you are a mere mortal). Lingots for you.
I feel I could have a conversation with someone who knew I was a beginner and would repeat things and speak slowly. I finished the Spanish tree as well and think they teach an equal amount. I think DuoLingo is great for founding a core in the language with basic vocab, phrases and a little grammar. TV and radio are spoken too fast for a beginner to understand but as I came to the end of the DuoLingo course I signed up for a small class in Irish where the teacher speaks only Irish and I think that DuoLingo has prepared me enough to attend this class. Like I said though the teacher knows I have limited Irish and will say things slowly and repeat them or explain in simple terms if need be.
DuoLingo also focuses much more on the reading/writing aspect which is why I signed up for the extra help in speaking and listening comprehension. The immersion tab with Spanish really improved my reading/writing in Spanish and I look forward to that in Irish.
We had this discussion on the Spanish thread. On the Common European Framework (CEF) you should reach about A2 or B1 (C2 is the highest), DL say you should be B2, but the framework is not an exam, exams are measured against it. Language exams test all four skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking. The DL course only has short sentences for R, W and L and doesn't have much S and none if you don't use the phone app. The course is, however, good for accuracy and I recommend it to my students for this reason. For a complete beginner DL is a good start, but to get better you need to do more than just DL and if you live in Ireland or an Irish community you will do really well.