Gaeilge conversation via Skype?
Hi everyone! Even though I'm enjoying the course so far, I feel like I need oral practice. IMO, you can't say you've learned a language until you are able to maintain a decent conversation by means of it. Plus, learning becomes easier and faster. That's why I'd like to suggest conversation groups via Skype. Of course I understand it would be a huge effort from our Gaeilge experts, but they'd earn good karma by helping us non-speakers ;) This is just a suggestion. If you think it's possible, please let us all know. Slán!
I disagree, especially with Irish. While I do think making mistakes is a good thing, with a phonology as complicated as Irish, you're never going to pick it up from learners, unless they're highly fluent. Which most aren't. Otherwise, you'll sound like a learner, and the Duolingo speaker (who isn't a native by any means of the word).
We'll have to agree to disagree. I teach Welsh to adults and it's essential for the learners to practice as much possible to learn to communicate in another language. Speaking simple sentences together without perfect pronunciation is better than having perfect pronunciation but no confidence in basic communication. Once you reach a level of fluency then there's time to improve on accent and correct use of the language. I'm happy to sound like a learner because that's all I'll ever be unless I get the time to live in a area of fluent language speakers.
I think you're right. I teach English to adult learners (with most of whom I don't share a language in common) and the most important thing is to get people talking. You can get paralysed by the quest for perfection. Children would never learn to speak if they were petrified of being laughed at for making mistakes. That's actually a big reason why children are better language learners than adults - they haven't developed a paralysing ego yet. (There are other factors as well, of course, but the panic of perfectionism is often overlooked.)