"Tha eun beag."

Translation:A bird is small.

December 18, 2019



Having a hard time hearing the difference between the name "Iain" and a bird, "eun."


The problem is that they are near homophones in Gaelic. There is a slight difference in pronunciation, but how each speaker pronounces the two words varies in itself. Generally though, there is more of a hard 'n' sound at the end of eun, whereas Iain has a more 'nyuh' sound.

If the IPA helps:

eun /ian/

Iain /iaɲ/


Try this: eun = ee an Iain = ee ang

that's how they sound to me anyway.

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