Can I say how much fun I've been having with the Irish course?
The Irish course is simply amazing! I wanna give a massive thank you to everyone who contributed to it! I am learning so much and it is a real treat! (:
Who knows, maybe in the future I could go visit the Emerald Isle and practice my newly found Irish skills!! (:
It is really amazing. I'm just surprised by how hard it is. Maybe because it's the first language on Duolingo that I've started studying that I had absolutely no experience with before, but my brain is like "whaaat iiiiis thiiiiiiis". And I should be focusing on my other language studies, but it is too much fun!
I'm having the same experience. Irish is fun but in a challenging way. Despite my experience speaking and learning languages from all across the map, Irish is so different from everything else that my brain doesn't know quite where to put it. There are no mental shortcuts to take. But the satisfaction when I finally "get" something is all the greater. Plus, the time factor - if only I could study Irish all day long!
I like it too and it's super brain-busting. Having studied German, French, and Spanish (and English obviously), which are all subject-verb-object languages (although German messes with the structure when there are multiple verbs in a sentence), it's super weird encountering a verb-subject-object language. I'm surprised how much brain adjustment I have to do to follow it. But it's also really pretty to hear and fun to do the lessons.
I also find it both fun and challenging. One of the things I really appreciate are the grammar notes and the explanations in the lessons. The original Irish team put together some very helpful guides, and many people seem to be monitoring questions as they arise. Massive thanks indeed!