https://www.duolingo.com/GrandApple

Duo goes to Scotland

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This post is a continuation of the "Duo goes" series by StrapsOption.

After visiting South Africa, Duo decided to go to Scotland after finding out Scotland had an Independece Referendum back in September.

Here's a map of Scotland:

First, Duo went to Edinburgh:

Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress built around the Bronze Age. The castle dominates the skyline of Edinburgh today.

Next, Duo visited Loch Ness:

Loch Ness is a large, deep, freshwater loch located in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 23 miles southwest of Iverness. Loch Ness is known for alleged sightings of the Loch Ness Monster aka Nessie.

Since Duo was already in the Scottish Highlands, he decided to sleep there in a small house:

The Highlands are sparsely populated and is culturally distinguishable from the Lowlands. The Highlands contains many mountain ranges which dominate the region and has the highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis.

Duo wanted to visit Glasgow afterwards to take a break from nature:

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and has a population density of 8,790 per square mile, the highest of any Scottish city. Glasgow grew from a small rural settlement on the River Clyde to one of the largest seaports in Britain. Despite its northerly latitude, Glasgow's climate is classified as oceanic. Recently, Glasgow hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Finally, Duo sailed to the Shetland Islands to visit his cousin, Trio the Puffin:

The Shetland Islands is a subarctic archipelago of Scotland that lies northeast of the island of Great Britain. The Islands lie about 80 km northeast of Orkney and about 280 km southeast of the Faroe Islands. Shetland has a population of 23,167 and its total area is 1,468 square km.

After visiting the Shetland Islands, Duo was tired and wanted to go home. Upon arriving Pittsburgh, Duo created a Scottish Gaelic course. After months of waiting, the Scottish Gaelic course graduated to beta in the incubator.

Duolingo, please add Scottish Gaelic soon!

February 3, 2015

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I always thought that Scotland is extremely beautiful. I would love to visit one day. It would be awesome to be able to speak Scottish Gaelic at that time. ;)

Thanks for the post.

February 3, 2015

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Duo in Loch Ness looks so saaaaad. Is he cold?

This was great! Another vote for Scottish Gaelic here <3

February 3, 2015

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Maybe he is sad because he did not see Nessie? I would be sad as well ;)

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rebecca_R1

YESSSSS! Scotland's so beautiful. I'd love to see Scottish Gaelic added to the Incubator! :D

February 4, 2015

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Hi, Rebecca. Fun fact: "R-1" is what it says on the bus in the intro of South Park. I used to live in apartment R-1 at my old apartment complex so I noticed it and your username reminded me of it, lulz.

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rebecca_R1

HAHA! :P

April 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/McLeodChris

100% would attempt to complete a Scottish Gaelic tree.

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HebrewLearner

Awesome post, hope Scottish Gaelic is added! Scotland looks like a nice country to visit and it would be great to have basic conversation with people!

February 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ANMAW

Unless you're planning on visiting the west coast you'd probably do better learning Scots if you want to speak to people.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scots_language

February 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Teenage_Polyglot

Beautiful! I saw early that you were making this, and have been sitting anxiously for the past 15 minutes, just waiting! Love this!

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Teenage_Polyglot

I have decided to destroy you with the most formidable weapon in Duolingo history-a LINGOT BOMB!!!

February 3, 2015

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:0

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Teenage_Polyglot

Maw-ha-ha

February 3, 2015

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Me too.

March 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KateM303

Best part of Scotland: Doune Castle where Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed. My family went to this castle purely for this reason.

February 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FJoyB

Wait--you mean it's not only a model?? ;)

February 5, 2015

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YESSS!!!! Scottish Gaelic is my ultimate goal!

February 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LeviMatthew

Scottish Gaelic would be amazing! If they add it, I would work on it as hard if not harder than I have been working on German. When I first learned about Duolingo, I wanted to learn Scottish, and I was disappointed that they didn't have it. So I had to settle for German, which is great because I am at least a quarter German. But I really hope they add Scottish Gaelic.

April 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LeviMatthew

I am trying to find support for getting a Scottish Gaelic course on Duolingo. If you are interested, visit this page. Scotland forever!

April 7, 2016

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A minor issue, but have you thought about what flag you'll use for Gaelic?

There's two Scottish flags you know.

One is St Andrews cross, the flag of the country of Scotland.

And some people in the Scottish diaspora fly the Lion Rampart, a red lion standing on it's hind legs facing left, on a gold field.

Both flags are appropriate for Gaelic on one hand, and for Scots on the other, so whatever one you choose for Gaelic, I'm happy to use the other one for Scots. :)

April 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LeviMatthew

I haven't really thought about it much. Probably Saint Andrew's Cross. But I don't know if it is up to me :)

April 11, 2016

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Yes. So would I.

April 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PurpleJulie26

Yes, I'd like Scottish Gaelic too. Thanks for the Scottish Duo, I have put him as my little picture!

February 4, 2015

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Woo! Another celtic language would be splendid (: I personally greatly enjoyed learning Irish!! Have some Lingots ^_^

February 5, 2015

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Beautiful post! Thank you, Duo Owl! I look forward to learning Scottish Gaelic here on Duolingo some day. :)

February 3, 2015

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Hey, you sure that's Trio? I'm pretty sure Duo was talking to his cousin and best friend, jackelliot!

February 4, 2015

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I'm sure he visited jackelliot on his trip to Glasgow :)

February 5, 2015

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Of course ^_^ Who wouldn't?

February 5, 2015

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Maybe Trio introduced him to jackelliot. =)

February 5, 2015

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Great post! I wish Scottish Gaelic were more prominent in Scotland; it is mostly spoken in the remote northwestern reaches of Scotland - and even there, English is displacing it. I love the logic with Duo-Trio, that's the same logic I'd used for my name!

February 5, 2015

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Beautiful part of the world! I wonder if you noticed that Duo is slightly worried in Loch Ness...

I'll put it on the directory as soon as possible.

February 4, 2015

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Duo didn't get to see Nessie :(

February 4, 2015

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One needs to have a few drams to see Nessie! I can't imagine owls drink much whisky.

February 5, 2015

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Scotland is so beautiful! I spent three weeks there in December and had the most wonderful time! I'd really like to have Scottish Gaelic on here :)

February 5, 2015

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Well, I ended up moving to Scotland to study Gaelic, that's how much I liked it :D Wow, so much has happened in these 8 months.

October 18, 2015

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Please add Scottish Gaelic :-)

February 23, 2015

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Yes, this would be fantastic! Please, please, please, please add Scottish Gaelic! I would give all my lingots to Scottish Gaelic! (Which I did).

March 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16

I'm Scottish and you did a good job, but you missed out Melrose Abbey in the borders where Robert The Bruce's heart is.

February 4, 2015

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This is an awesome post. I am half Scottish myself, and been to most of these places. It would be really cool to learn Scottish Gaelic before the next time I go back.

February 7, 2015

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When someone says they are half Scots/Welsh/English (whatever) a silly though comes into my head. Which half? Sorry, just being daft. Have a lingot.

February 7, 2015

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Lol, thanks. My dad lived in Scotland and came to the United States on a business trip, where he met my mom.

February 7, 2015

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I thought Gàidhlig was in the incubator? It's not. When will it be added? A language with music as beautiful as this must be added:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qWWgntTdO0 (An Eala Bhàn - The White Swan by Julie Fowlis)
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTZYzfTvZ1I (Oran a Cloiche - Song for the Stone by Mànran )
January 7, 2016

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I love these kinds of posts! :) Thank you!

February 3, 2015

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Man, that little green owl gets around! I wonder what duo and that puffin were chatting about...

February 3, 2015

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Well yes, it's all very well being a puffin, but just think of the possibilities...

February 4, 2015

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haha in a very proper accent.

February 4, 2015

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This is a beautiful post! :)

February 3, 2015

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Oh awesome!!! And, I think I really like Duo's cousin.. :) I love these posts!

February 7, 2015

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Has Duo visited Wales yet? Do Wales!

February 7, 2015

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I like Scotland nad both Scottish languages are welcome.

February 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/WilliamMckintosh

Where is Scottish Gaelic? I just found Irish and Welsh

October 18, 2015

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You can't learn Scottish Gaelic on Duolingo yet.

October 18, 2015

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Scottish Gaelic is a such amazing language :)

October 18, 2015

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I know, I absolutely love studying it :D

October 18, 2015

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aww i wish it had taken me with it

February 3, 2015

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yes ! i really want scottish gaelic :))

February 3, 2015

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Thank you for the wonderful post! I see Duo visited jackelliot too. ;)

February 3, 2015

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I would love Scottish Gaelic! I want to learn Irish, but I'm a quarter Scottish and my home town (and university) were both founded by Scots, so this would be my Celtic language of preference. And I love Scotch. Mmmmm. Scotch.

Fast-track this please, Duolingo team!

February 4, 2015

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For what it's worth, Gaeilge and Gaidhilg are very similar languages, to the point of some mutual intelligibility. The hardest parts of each for an English speaker are probably the same, so it might be worth starting with Irish to get acquainted with how Gaelic languages work and then shift over to Scottish Gaelic from there.

February 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

:) At least you have a blue and white flag

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/IainDearg

Yes, I waved to Duo when he flew over my house just west of Edinburgh. Very best of luck to everybody with learning Scots Gaelic but please note it is only spoken by a very few people in the western islands and Shetland, unfortunately. If you are interested there is a dialect called Doric (Google) which is spoken where I used to live near Aberdeen which I suspect may be spoken more widely than Gaelic (but I could be wrong).

Edit: my username here is from the Gaelic name "Iain Dearg" (phonetically in English: "ee-ow-n-jerrug") meaning "Red John" which in turn is the title of one of my songs. :)

February 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16

ah, happy to be away from the dreichness of Aberdeen?

February 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/IainDearg

Unfortunately, I still work there most of the week...

February 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16

My dad works at RGU 2 days a week and that's bad enough for him.

February 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/IainDearg

Heh, heh! My compliments to him!

February 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16

Ahaha!

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Love it!

February 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SavannahFa16

PLEASE ADD!

March 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Crow781709

Please add Scottish Gaelic to your courses!!!

July 1, 2017

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I'm so excited for this course. Cant wait to see it in the incubator

December 11, 2016

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Yes, please! for Scottish Gaelic!!! I would sign up in an instant, and do everything in power to complete the tree.

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SandraHamm7

Please add Scots English. Gaelic is oot o' ma division.

July 16, 2017

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+1 for Scottish Gaelic

November 22, 2017

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Duolingo should definitely add Scottish Gaelic! Would love to learn it

July 1, 2018
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