Ó Sé: Complete Irish (Teach yourself), p. 21, says that slender t and d are in some areas pronounced as English ch and j as in cheese and jungle. And I have at the back of my mind that this pronunciation is common in Scottish Gaelic as well. So for me that just adds to the huge dialect diversity of Irish.
pot-ay-to, pot-ah-to. To my ear, there is no difference between the "d'y" that scilling refers to and the "j" that you refer to - the concept of "an English J" makes no sense to me if it's supposed to be different to the sound of "d'y" in "d'you reckon?".
Slender vowels in Munster Irish are far less obvious than in Connacht or Ulster Irish, in general. This even extends to s - you will hear anso for anseo in Munster Irish.
These are not really tests but lessons and duolingo is set up that way. You will sometimes hear words before you know what they mean just like babies do. If they change the format so that you always see it first, that will change the wonderful randomness that keeps this from becoming boring when reviewing. You could get an extra heart in the lingot store for just such an occasion before you start a lesson. Then after you lose one that you thought you shouldn't have, you can add it back during the lesson. Another option is that you can go to your settings and turn off the sounds for the first time you go through the lesson and you won't be asked to spell a word from the sound of it. Then you can go back and turn the sounds on again. I don't have a microphone, so I turned off that feature and it no longer asks me to pronounce the words. Imagine trying to pronounce a word that you have never heard!
Thanks for that. I heard today that a lot of religion related words do come from Latin. I am curious as about to what extent latin influenced the Irish vocabulary elsewhere. Can you help?
Or Mór https://books.google.com/books?id=oXY6wkc_ikgC&pg=PT226&lpg=PT226&dq=irish+celtic+gaelic+deity+Mor+or+mora&source=bl&ots=3pwnSPByBn&sig=LZNWejEYiuN8F_A59Wqx0kidN5Y&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCkQ6AEwBGoVChMIkdfq8MfzyAIVwS8mCh1vhA8L#v=onepage&q=irish%20celtic%20gaelic%20deity%20Mor%20or%20mora&f=false