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

There are more people learning Irish on Duolingo (143k) than...

there are native speakers of this language (130k)!

November 26, 2014

93 Comments


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

Wait a minute... * Scratches head, looks at map, scratches head * Just a second... * Squints at the atlas * This is impossible * Makes incredulous face * How is this possible? Because Duolingo is completely awesome!!


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

Wow, that's incredible. No joke, that's amazing.


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

You must be feeling an immense feeling of pride and responsibility right now hahah


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

That's so awesome!! :D We can keep this language alive! :D We're going to pull a Hebrew (a language revival). :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eyal.horow

I'm giving you a lingot as a native hebrew speaker, even though I don't think this case comes close to the hebrew's revival.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

O.O bunny + gravity of this news = fallen over

bunny falls over for Irish course


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ME2300

This is awesome Bunny!!! xD


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

In 2013/2014, the number of people attending primary and secondary schools in Ireland was 869,492; Irish is a required subject for almost all of them. Will worldwide interest in the Duolingo Irish course exceed this number?


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

In the US alone, there are over 36 million people who identify as having Irish ancestry. If about 3% of them signed up, they would exceed the number of learners in Irish schools.


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

Thanks for the stats! So these Irish children are not counted as bilinguals? Or does the 130K figure exclude bilunguals?


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