Gaeilge abú as number of Irish speakers on Duolingo tops 1.8m
Foilsithe ag The Daily Mail, 11/07/16 - Published by the Daily Mail, 11/07/16
It's a sign of the rise in popularity of the Irish language - The Duolingo app and website have seen numbers brushing up on their Gaeilge rise to over 1.8 million.
That's an increase of 27% in one year.
The course is one of many offerred by the site, which allows people access simple-to-use language education, free of charge. With no need for books, users reply to questions in short tests that get gradually harder with daily use. A simple test at the start helps to choose your starting level.
The Irish language course was first launched in August 2014, after much demand from existing users. The course now has around 1.85 million Gaeilgeoirí, after a significant increase since January this year. Zan Gilani, a marketing associate at Duolingo credits learners wishing to connect with their roots as the reason behind the increase. "We are incredibly excited about our role in helping revitalise the Irish language - there are actually more people currently learning Irish on Duolingo than there are native Irish speakers" he explained.
"This year, the number of people taking this course has already grown by 27% even though we don't use any paid marketing - it's all word of mouth."