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Oh, Irish! O, Cymraeg!

Thank you for Irish!! I would love to see Welsh (Cymraeg). Is that ever on your horizon?! Diolch yn fawr.

September 26, 2014



The Norse Vikings took with them people from Éire when settling Iceland. We still christen our babies Njáll ( Neall) and Brjánn ( Brian) , Patrekur ( Padraig) today and there are many more non nordic concepts used today in Icelandic. It is believed that the Irish taught us to read and write.


Wow, so the Irish played a part in Icelandic history? I never knew that, that's really cool! =D I'm Irish and I definitely want to visit Iceland some day. I'd love if Duolingo had a tree for Icelandic as it's such a beautiful and mysterious language.


Wow. That is definitely fact of the day.


I'd like to see Welsh too! It always reminds me of a sort of mythological language, like the language of the elves in Middle Earth. I guess it helps that the Welsh flag has a dragon on it.


Tolkien based the languages of the elves more on Scandinavian languages, like Finnish. It would be excellent to see both Welsh and Finnish on Duolingo.


Sindarin took a lot from Welsh. If I remember right, Tolkien was resistant to the Welsh influence at first, but eventually just let it be.


Which reminds us that, as much Tolkien deserves love, he had some idiosyncrasies. Why would anyone resist the Welsh? A quick fact check suggests that Quenyan was primarily based on Finnish with Greek and Latin influences, but Sindarin was based on Celtic languages.


He didn’t much care for the Irish language; the Black Speech nazg (“ring”) came straight from Irish nasc. (Irish now uses fáinne instead.)


To be fair, nasc had multiple meanings — collar, chain, ring, bracelet; tie, bond, obligation — which were linguistically well suited to the intended effects of those rings on their recipients.


I didn't know that...hopefully they didn't change it in response to Tolkien! :P To me it sounds so pleasant and un-evil...plus traditional Celtic handwriting looks a lot like the Middle Earth fonts used on his maps O.o


Honestly, to me, it sounded like they were speaking Irish, but pronouncing all the vowels separately.


I would love this too. I would like to expand my languages to soemthing more interesting


That's a griffin as my avatar. We're Griffiths's. I'd love to finish learning the Welsh I began many years ago. Duolingo has helped my Spanish and French tremendously -- so much so that I bought and wear two t-shirts to advertise!


Probably, but not for a while. Welsh is the most widely-spoken Celtic language, and the only one that's not endangered, but Irish has the most publicity and the biggest revival movement. It will probably eventually be developed, but languages with more speakers and more geographic distribution will come first, like Arabic, Mandarin, Russian etc.


that's debatable though, isn't it?

I mean 1.7 million people claim they can speak Irish, and only 500,000 people say they can speak welsh.

Then again! 315,000 say they are fluent in Welsh where as probably only 70,000 people are fluent in Irish.

It's all confusing, the census should have a "are you fluent in Irish" box to tick, because people will tick yes as a matter of pride, even with just cupla focail

I didn't realize how old this thread was. I was wondering why peple were talking about this despite having Welsh flags next to their names ;)

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