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Surname help!

I'd like to have a character named "Brian Ó Madaidaín" (Irish form of Brian Madden), but I can't find any pronunciation of his surname. Does anyone know how to pronounce Madaidaín?

2 years ago

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

A couple of sources suggest Ó Madaidhín, or Ó Madáin rather than Ó Madaidaín which would give "bree-un o mod-a-heen" or "bree-un o mod-oyn".

http://www.libraryireland.com/names/om/o-madain.php http://www.cousinconnect.com/p/a/0/s/O%20MADAIN http://www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/surname/index.cfm?fuseaction=surnamemapSurname=madden

(there's supposed to be an ampersand before the last Surname - Duolingo eats ameprsands in URLs, unfortunately)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

I love Irish until I can't find a pronunciation for something. xD

Go raibh maith agat!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

I can't find a pronunciation for "sáirsint" (sergeant) either. :P

No use being authentic if I can't find pronunciations. (I may just use the English terms for the gardai.)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Without knowing the context, I don't think you'd be losing any authenticity by using the English terms - the Gardaí aren't noted for their use of Irish, except in the name of the organization.

There is a speech synthesis system available at http://abair.ie, where you can hear arbitrary words and phrases spoken in different dialects and at different speeds. It's far from perfect (the Conamara voice in particular has a buzzing sound to it) but it might be of some value.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

Thanks...I've been using Forvo and Teanglenn.ie, but not everyone has everything.

2 years ago