Have you finished your Irish Tree?
I haven't, but I am certainly working on it! (And hard work it is!)
Since the course started I have seen 2 people post that they have finished their tree. Apologies if there are more, I just haven't seen your posts.
I though it might be a good idea to have some sort of 'Irish Hall of Fame' with a list of all those who manage to finish the tree and keep it golden. There is a list for those who have finished multiple trees, but this would just be Irish.
I have tried to paste a picture of the Golden Irish Owl, but my computer or my computer skills are not up to that, so if anyone can do it, please do.
The two people's names are below, please add your name to this thread when you finish your tree and I will add it to the list<h1>Liosta na Laochra</h1>
paddy obrien (11)
Great idea. An "Irish Hall of Fame" I'd love to know who has completed the tree. Irish is a wonderful language!
I'll report in when I finish the tree, but today I've only just nudged past the second checkpoint.
Had you considered including people on the list who finish the tree and then don't keep it golden? Otherwise I might just be a shooting star.
Liosta na Laochra.
Catchy name (scilling's idea)! It's inspiring to see who has finished the Irish tree (native speaker or rank beginner). I'm inspired just hearing that Jillianimal is so close to the finish line. It can be done. YES!
If people would like to be included in Liosta na Laochra they could alert you (just like with jitengore's One year+ Hall of Fame, and AlexisLinguist's Golden Owl Hall of Fame).
The format to include an image in a post is:
![Alt Text] followed by the URL of the image in parens
A URL for the Golden Irish Owl certificate image is: http://i.imgur.com/0C8xbRX.png
I finished it a couple of days ago. I already had a cúpla focail but my grammar wouldn't have been the best. The lessons and notes (and discussions) really helped with my grammar, together with a Quick Guide Irish grammar guide I got from Gaelchultúr. The uncertainty I had about whether or not to put a séimhú here or an úrú there has cleared up a lot. Also learned a few new words and I never even knew there was a past habitual tense! The audio was shockingly bad at times let's be honest, but overall it was a good course. Anyone learning Irish from scratch will learn loads, it will bring them to a strong intermediate level.
Comhghairdeas leat. Congratulations to you.
Is fearr Gaeilge briste, na Bearla cliste. Broken Irish is better than clever English.
Of course, I'm wild about English too (all languages are beautiful). But I just ran across that delightful saying and wanted to share it. Well done.
Out of curiosity, how long did it take for these two to finish their tree, and are they native speakers? I am certainly willing to at least finish the tree. Hopefully, in the future, there will be a way to advanced my learning experience towards mastery. Or not. Maybe I'll move on to other languages that are being offered...
I am not a native speaker nor a fluent speaker though I'm currently taking a class to improve my speaking. I grew up in America and although I tried a "Teach Yourself" book from time to time I never really got that serious into learning until I started Duolingo. I would say it probably took 2-3 months to finish the tree but I was going at an aggressive pace which may not be the best way to go about it. Luckily I get to try to keep my tree golden now which will help reaffirm some of the subjects I might have moved over too quickly.
I’d finished mine on day 60. (RustyDee, I don’t constantly keep the tree golden, so please don’t add me to this Liosta na Laochra.) Like MagAonghusa, I’m neither native nor fluent, having been born and raised in the US. Without access to grammars and dictionaries, the course would have taken far longer for me to finish. In my opinion, the Duolingo method would work best with vocabulary acquisition; I doubt if I would have acquired sufficient grammatical knowledge solely from the course content. Judging from much of the content of the Irish sentence discussion area, I think that that might be the case for other people too.