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This is a weird alphabet! HELP ME!

I just started learning Irish using Duolingo and I am already having trouble with pronunciation. The letters and letter combinations are pronounced nothing like they are in English ( "na mna" is pronounced "nem ra"). I want to move to Dublin, so I find it imperative that I learn this language. What is the best way to remember how to pronounce these words?

3 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jileha
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If you are just starting, don’t worry. You’ll get the hang of it. Just repeat everything several times after every recording. And keep progressing. You will soon become more familiar with the spelling and the way Irish is pronounced.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells
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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oIokUII7LX0 Also, this app is fantastic and helped me alot with the spelling: http://ccea.org.uk/curriculum/gaeloideachas/eochairchéimeanna_1_2/réims%C3%AD_foghlama/teanga_agus_litearthacht/cód_na (it seems there is both an android and ios version now :) ) and I recommend doing the 'Duolingo Irish' course on memrise along with the Duolingo course.. as the Duolingo course has limited audio, the memrise course with audio for every word really helps.

I think investing extra time to learn the spelling system in the beginning will definately help in the long run. I rushed over it the first time through and found I then had to backtrack, unlearn and relearn a lot.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jhacker

www.abair.tcd.ie/?page=synthesis&lang=eng this is an irish language voice sythsizer and it will help with pronunciation.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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What is the best way to remember how to pronounce these words?

It’s exactly the same way as you remember how to pronounce English words: repetition.

(Imagine the problems that English orthography presents to non-native speakers: for example, how many pronunciations of “-ough” does English have? Try reading the poem The Chaos out loud.)

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cat5STORM

Mein...GOTT!!!! I am usually able to read anything without stumbling (try saying " the sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick"), but I couldn't go more than two sentences without stuttering.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BodgieFift

Crack Irish pronunciation course . https://www.udemy.com/irish-pronunciation/

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shayghc

Dia dhuit ar maidín. This is a useful resource to hear a word pronounced in each of the three principle dialects: https://www.teanglann.ie/en/fuaim/mn%C3%A1. The real answer though is continuous practice. Don't worry overly about the pronunciation. The main idea is to be understood. It will take time for your ear to adjust to native speakers.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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Well, having visited Dublin, the majority of the people there speak English with Irish being a rather dim memory from their school days. The Gaeltacht areas are quite small and tend to be more rural, and on the West coast of the country. Plus most of the people in them speak English as well as Irish. Dublin is on the Northeast coast, almost as far away from the Gaeltacht as you can get in Ireland. And yes, the spelling of Irish is almost as wonky as English spelling is. But doing the course will help you get a good feel for the country.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cactus5764

Good Luck!

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrewc817

na mna would be prounonced na minaugh

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Christiaan511903

this website will give you the pronunciation of any irish phrase you type in. http://www.abair.tcd.ie/

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Smurfandturf14

I think that pronunciation is only in munster irish

2 months ago

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Most people who learn Irish in Ireland don't learn a specific dialect of spoken Irish, but, for the most part, they learn to pronounce mná with an n sound. It is, by far, the most common pronunciation of this word in Ireland.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesWhits3

My sister was a language teacher and she told me not to translate but look at the word and identify the object like fear is man but see it as man rather than think what the word for man I did this when i learnt Greek

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sebecraft
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Seconding Klgregonis, RoI is mostly an English-speaking country and most people in Dublin speak English. I think Irish is good to learn anyway but as far as getting around, English is what's used.

Just my experience. Live in Belfast so I've been to Dublin a bit as well :)

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MagAonghusa
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The letters often make different sounds than in English but they are typically more standardized once you learn all the rules so just keep with it. Also if you're looking for Irish speakers in Dublin you'll have to look pretty hard. It's coming back but Irish speakers in Dublin are still few and far between. Everyone speaks English and you'll find more Polish speakers than Irish speakers.

3 months ago
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