fhada and fada. What is the correct pronunciation? Sometimes it sounds like "ata" or "spada" or "fata". What are the rules please.
A lenited f (fh) is usually silent (there is a tiny number of exceptions where it is pronounced h - we have already met fhathast). The Gaelic d when associated with broad vowels (a, o, u) is pronounced very "loosely" and sounds a bit like a flabby English t. So fhada more or less sounds like ata, and fada more or less like fata.