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Seans Eile – help with vocabulary with pronunciation

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Hi, if you search for another tool for learning vocabulary and pronunciation, there is an (a little bit old now) Java program called Seans Eile, which comes with Connemara and Donegal audio packs.

As a Java program it should work pretty well on every modern operating system (and it does work on my Ubuntu laptop – however it has crashed a few times).

So while waiting for the new tree with new and better recordings, you can learn new (or strengthen learnt) vocabulary with natives’ pronunciation. :)

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

I think most people would be far better advised to check out http://abair.ie than going anywhere near the security swamphole of trying to keep Java up to date.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/silmeth
silmeth
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Well, abair.ie is just a synthesizer. I just found a program that has audio packs recorded by native speakers.

Of course, there is also teanglann.ie, on which one might check the pronunciation of many words, and Fuaimeanna na Gaeilge where one can check differences between phonemes’ sounds in dialects.

But it is not as straightforward as learning new words while hearing them at the same time, without the effort to check them in a different tool.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Interestingly, the language packs are just archive files containing the individual audio clips. While the files download as .JAR files, you can just rename them to .ZIP, and then you can just double-click on the file to open it. The recordings are in .ogg format, so you'll need a player that can play them, such as VLC, but each clip is named with the word or phrase it contains, with an "x" indicating a fada (so you get the interestingly named DL_JS_tax_sex.ogg for tá sé :-)

There are 498 clips in the Donegal pack, and 671 in the Connemara pack.

The big advantage of abair.ie is that it will pronounce arbitrary sentences for you, not just a single word or short phrase. it's probably not an ideal resource for someone who isn't at least somewhat familiar with the sound of spoken Irish already, because it is a speech synthesizer, and can sound a bit unnatural (and for whatever reason, the purely synthetic HTS voices are very "buzzy"), but some people might find it useful.

2 years ago

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I think that Oracle offers Java updates every two months now, so it shouldn’t be too onerous to keep its runtime up to date.

2 years ago