The mini-revival of the Irish language
Sometimes, we Irish tend to view the survival of Gaeilge in apocalyptic terms, so good to get an international perspective:
Fiontar shares some similarities with the Flagship programs here in the US. Achieving proficiency in a language, often in conjunction with a non-language major -- business, law, technology, medicine, communications, whatever. http://www.thelanguageflagship.org/
Different catalysts but a similar pedagogy.
Lovely to see Duolingo front and center in The Irish Times. That led me off to another article (may have already shown up on the Discussion)
I’m surprised that the editors of The Irish Times considered the phrase ab initio to be so alien to their readers that they decided to translate it within the article.
Fascinating article and great how new technology, and Duolingo in particular, has boosted Irish. Hopefully it can do the same for Welsh.
Incidentally, it seems a beta version of twitter as Gaeilge has been released, so you can go into settings, agus bain triail as!
It's a good read.
I've read other articles as well, that claim to see an up tick in the trend lines of people claiming to speak Irish on a weekly basis.
Once I finish the Irish tree, I plan on working with the Connemara dialect through Mícheál Ó Siadhail's book learning Irish. This seems to be both a very impressive way to get to know the dialect and to review and improve grammar with a great deal of included audio support.