Learning Gaeilge in 2020 changed worldwide like a lot of other areas of life. For those attending Irish language classes and other immersion events, a lot of it was cancelled and went online.
At Bitesize Irish, we noticed even more people spending more time practicing Gaeilge Gach Lá as a result of lockdowns. It turns out that our approach to online learning and online practice through community is quite pandemic-friendly!
In 2020, we celebrated a decade of Bitesize Irish. Here’s a summary of Bitesize Irish in 2020. Maith sibh, leanaigí ar aghaidh! Keep it up!
13,050 online Irish lessons completed
Bitesize Cúrsaí is our collection of Irish language lessons for Bitesize Irish members. Between paying members learning with our courses and private learning community, and free Taster members, you completed our lessons 13,050 times! That means that the audio recordings with phonetic pronunciations in the lessons have probably been played hundreds of thousands of times in 2020.
1,358 new members from 20 countries
It’s been nice to see more people in Ireland connecting with Gaeilge at Bitesize Irish in 2020. Between new free Taster members and paying members of Bitesize Irish, we welcomed 1,358 users into Bitesize Irish.
The countries of our members include the old reliables (such as United States, United Kingdom, Australia), but also a whole selection of additional countries including Brazil, Singapore and Sweden. It’s always been clear to us that there are thousands of people interested in the Irish language all around the world. We’ve also noticed more people in Ireland signing up for Bitesize Irish memberships too, compared to previous years.
6,600 posts on Bitesize Pobal
We’re proud of our Grow members on our private online community Bitesize Pobal, who posted 6,600 times in 2020 (across 829 topics or threads).
Pobal is where we coordinate Bitesize Beo group conversation practice calls every week. With the pandemic, Zoom became a more popular service, we we moved to it for our video calls facilitated by our fluent staff.
The community of Grow members is going to get even more chances to practice Irish (listening, reading, writing, speaking) in 2021. A special shout out to Siobhán and Aisling, our fluent staff, who have helped the community get to where it is.
More Gaeilge in 2021
Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh – happy new year!
Numbers collected on 31 Nollaig 2020.