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Variation in pronunciation of the future tense ending "fidh" / "faidh"?

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I am wondering if anyone knows if there is any dialectal variation in pronunciation of the future tense verbs. I struggled for the longest time to even find clear information about how it is usually pron, and was surprised to learn that the "f" sounded like an "h". I think I have heard some variations on its pronunciation, like "hee" versus "huh", but I am not sure. Any fluent speakers have any advice / feedback?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

You should check out the orthography section on Gramadach na Gaeilge. It has a good guide to pronounciation, including tense endings, in all the main dialects. http://nualeargais.ie/gnag/gram.htm

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Very cool, thanks!

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You will hear it pronounced 4 main ways.

"Hee" "Hig" "Fee" "Fig"

I personally pronounce them as "hig", but sometimes as "fig".

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Thank you! Do you know if these correspond to different dialects?

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From my experiences-

Ulster speakers will pronounce it as 'HEE' Mayo speakers will pronounce it as "FEE or FIG' Most of Connacht and Munster will pronounce it as "HIG", sometimes "FIG".

This is just based on my experiences, I'm sure others will be able to give you more detailed information on it.

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Ok, it sounds like I have been thinking of it in the Ulster way, but good to know that it can take those other forms too.

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Actually, most of Connemara will pronounce it as "ha", with the proceeding consonant being devoiced. So, something like, creidfidh would sound like creite

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It's the same in Munster before pronouns, with nouns there will be a "g" sound:

Scuabfaidh sé = Scuapa' sé

Scuabfaidh an fear = Scuapaig a' fear

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