Phone app finds huge success with Irish language course
An award-winning phone app is astounded at the popularity of its recently launched Irish language programme, which has attracted 143,000 users since being launched on iOS three weeks ago.
App Duolingo uses fun game formats to teach over 50 million foreign languages in 39 different courses and its investors include Hollywood’s Ashton Kutcher and author Tim Ferriss.
Having won Apple’s iPhone App of the Year 2013, Google’s Best of the Best for Android 2013, and TechCrunch’s Best Education Startup the makers decided to bring the Irish language to its users.
And now there are more people accessing the Irish from English course online than there are native speakers in Ireland.
The company behind the app are expecting that figure to grow and are astonished at the number of people using the Irish app, having not officially launched or marketed it so far.
Built like a game, the Duolingo language education platform provides hours of entertainment while teaching language skills in a way that is often more effective than university courses.
There has been a significant increase in the number of Irish speakers in recent years, and in the time between the 2006 and 2011 Censuses people reporting to speak Irish increased dramatically.
In 2006, 85,000 people reported using it as a daily language outside of the education system and 1.2 million people reported using it at least occasionally in or out of school.
In the 2011 Census, these numbers had increased to 94,000 and 1.3 million respectively.
It has been estimated that the active Irish-language scene probably makes up about five to ten per cent of Ireland’s population, with several thousand speakers also in Northern Ireland.
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