#Celticlanguages : Manx

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is a celtic langauge from the Goidelic side of the Celtic family! Like modern irish and scottish gaelic it derived from Old Irish. This is very evident today as the Oral language between the three is very similar. However, the Orthography of Manx does differ a bit from the other two.

A language that refused to Die

In 1974, Edward "Ned" Maddrell, the last native speaker of Manx, died. However, with the last 'Native' speaker (not fluent) died, Manx only seemed to go forward. In fact is was found out that the last few native speakers were only discouraging the use of Manx! In the video below, we see Native Irish speaker, Manchán Magan, speaking to a couple of Manx speakers on how they are reviving their language. (because he is looking for ideas on how we can "save" irish) You will also see the similarities in spoken Irish and Manx.

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The revival effort

Many measures have been taken to try and encourage the language. One of which has been to set up a Gaelic immersion school for child called 'Bunscoill Ghaelgagh'. Personally, I am a big fan of these sort of schools and i think the Irish Government and maybe also the Scottish Government (although i am not from there) should set up more immersion schools. However, the real challenge for Manx is in 20/25 years time. Are these children going to teach Manx to their children? If yes, then on an island as small as the Isle of Manx, it may just work!

Linguist, David Harrison, also wanted to see the revival for himself. Check out his article and video of his trip to the isle of man here -->

Why learn Manx?

You will be contributing to a massive revival effort and maybe in a few years, when the number of speakers increases, you will get to enjoy these places while speaking manx with the natives ;)

Douglas Bay, Isle of Man, The U.K.

Peel Castle, Isle of Man, The U.K.

Ballasalla, Isle of Man, The U.K.

Lesson In Manx

Hello - Dy bannee diu, Ta shiu/oo cheet

How are you - Kys t'ou? [kis -toow]

I am fine - Ta mee braew [Taw mee broow]

I would recommend using 'Learn Manx' an app that is on the Apple App store.

My Duolingo Plea i know this is not a very requested language but i do think it is important. It would really help the revival. Even if i have to wait until 2016 please add it then! Of course speakers to do the course may be hard to be found but they can be!

March 21, 2015


Woooo, go Manx!! :D
Their revival effort is amazing, and they deserve all the love and support. I hope Duolingo will add Welsh soon, and with it open up to the smaller Celtic languages as well.

March 21, 2015

yes exactly!

March 21, 2015

I don't know if anyone is still following this year-old post, but if so, there is some good news. The folks over at have just published the beginnings of a Manx course. They have 18 lessons so far.

June 15, 2016

I'd love to see a Manx course!

May 13, 2016

Oh, and the "Learn Manx" app is also available on Android!

March 21, 2015

I saw an article once about Manx revival and Manx schools... The kids said they speak it among themselves so their parents wouldn’t understand. I say we ought to help those poor parents!

July 5, 2016

Manx will be here eventually, as will every living Celtic language. I am certain of it.

April 27, 2017

lets hope so!

May 4, 2017

Out of all the Celtic languages, be it of the Brythonic branch or the Gaelic, I've always wanted to learn Manx the most. It has such an interesting past and is one of the few languages to actually have been revived, even though not to the extent that a language like Hebrew was, it is still impressive and inspiring. Let's hope it get's here soon.

July 7, 2017
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Given Manx's current status, if it found its way onto Duolingo, this could actually become one of the primary tools used in its revival. Also, I believe I read something not to long ago about the new native speakers of Manx - children whose parents learned it as an L2 and then passed it on.

March 21, 2015

yes and these are the mostly children who are attending Bunscoill Ghaelgagh :)

March 21, 2015

i have to say i am pretty disappointed to get two downvotes in a couple of minutes, this is a simple,honest post. It has no spam, so if you don't like it no need to downvote, just don't upvote it! I am not just saying this for my post but for every other post that is not spam.

March 21, 2015

The downvotes could maybe just be form the general english intolerance of minority languages in Britain. I've been living in England for a few years now and I'm always disappointed when I hear them chastise the Cornish, Scottish and Welsh for trying to keep their own culture and heritage. (Even the UK government has this attitude and has repeatedly being criticised by the EU for failing to protect minority languages.)

Hopefully the Manx language will make it to Duo in the near future to help with its revival.

April 15, 2017

As someone of English and Cornish ancestry, I hope that every culture in the United Kingdom gets to retain both its heritage as well as its language. The UK government needs to do more to protect these vital points of heritage. Looking at what has been achieved with Irish in Ireland, I would say that independence is in many ways the best way to go for the people of these countries, but that is up to them.

April 27, 2017

In countries that are dominated by one culture that is unwilling to protect cultural diversity, such as the UK, I'd agree that some degree of independence is necessary for minority regions to protect their heritage. Unfortunately the best of both worlds option of cultural independence within a huge open market will disappear with the UK's departure from the EU.

I would argue though, that although Ireland's departure from the UK has been incredible for both it's prosperity and world standing, it has done little to revive the Irish language, particularly the number of native speakers, which has been in general decline ever since the great famine. Ireland's language, like it's population, is still recovering from the aggressive cultural of the Victorians. At least the UK isn't that bad anymore.

July 24, 2017

Lovely! :) I adore these!!!

March 22, 2015

This would be a good language to add because it's really sad how some languages have died out and that shouldn't happen again.

May 31, 2016

i would love to learn manx!

June 6, 2016

I want to learn Manx!

June 9, 2016

I REALY WANT TO LEARN MANX, the app is not great, but Dueling could manage it far better than the app, which, coincidently, needs to be redone in order to work with new iOS settings. I have been attempting to learn, but live in NY and therefor can't really access the best way, speaking with another, and dueling has a format of that option . in conclusion, YAY MANX. I have family in the Isle of Man as it is my ancestral home and want to get closer to it, i can read a little which i got from a website and Facebook group yet would so much prefer it be added here

May 4, 2017

I would love to learn it!!! MANX

Btw, what would be the app for Android? I don't own Apple store :/

August 13, 2016

I would love a Manx course! I'm interested in learning a bunch of the living Celtic languages at some point (probably later on down the road, once I learn some more Latin-based languages and get used to learning languages in general) so a Duolingo course would be fantastic.

September 13, 2016

Thank you for your informative comment!

November 7, 2016

I would also support a Manx course. I am a language learner of Manx through the various other apps, but having it be here in Duolingo would be an excellent next step. I have had contact with folks who work in Manx Gaelic education and would be very interested in collaborating.

January 16, 2018


February 25, 2018

Would love to see Manx added one day, but as far as the Celtic languages are concerned Scottish Gaelic is probably the most realistic followed by Cornish

February 9, 2019

Hi all, I noticed the comments here are about 4 years old. Is there any update on Duolingo & Manx? Cheers

April 2, 2019

Haha dead language its never happening. lol sorry

May 27, 2017

Doulingo is adding Klingon. If Doulingo is going to add a con-lang to its website. Why should there be any reason to not consider adding a "dead" language?

June 19, 2017

thats what i think, Klingon is the worst possible language to add. It makes me want to vomit, Why not Finnish?

June 19, 2017

I would love to see a Finnish course on Doulingo, everyone does.

June 19, 2017

IKR, everybody wants Finnish, My friends and I who use Duolingo make fun of Klingon a lot.

June 20, 2017

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