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!
It is very fun isn't it? I am enjoying learning a Celtic language! (: I wish you the best of luck with your Irish!
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!
The spelling is what shocked me at first!
"What do you mean 'mh' make a 'v' sound? That makes no sense!"
But now I've gotten used to it haha
The thing that throws me for a loop now is lenition and eclipsis. One day I'll get it...one day.
It's very refreshing to hear people enjoying their experience learning Irish! As an Irish person, I'm mostly used to people complaining about the fact that it's a mandatory subject in school. I happened to love it though. Keep it up guys! :-)
Ha ha, no you don't wish that, believe me. Much better to learn it on your own.
Oh but I could have people to practice Irish with! My classmates!! (: But I still like studying my Irish at my own pace here on Duolingo! (:
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 feel the exact same way! In Persian ( I can speak both English & Persian), the verb is always at the end! But in Irish, the verb comes first in a sentence! Love learning the language though! Super fun (:
I actually like VSO because it tells you a lot of information at the beginning of the sentence. You know what the action is and whose doing it right off the bat.
I'm really enjoying it too. I'm so grateful it's here on duolingo. I never would have had an opportunity to learn it otherwise.
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!