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Irish Pronunciation Guide for Americans [Video & PDF handout]

..and non-Americans!

I discovered this pronunciation guide recently by Chicago-based teacher Karen Reshkin and thought she did an excellent job explaining broad/slender, vowel combinations, fadas, séimhiú and úrú.

Although it was originally intended for Americans, it is perfectly suitable for all learners.

Bainigí sult as! / Enjoy!

October 25, 2014



There's a few things I take issue with as a Connemara learner (<fidh> as /i:/), but one thing I think should be added: when you see <f> in a verb form (future tense and conditional mood), it means the consonant before it is voiceless. This is an important distinction, as it's how you can tell the conditional from the past habitual if the synthetic form of the conditional is used (Connemara doesn't, really).

So, some examples, with Póg.

Pógfaidh (Will kiss) is pronounced as if it was "Pókaidh"

Pógfainn (I would kiss) is pronounced "Pókainn"

YET Pógainn (I used to kiss) is pronounced... "Pógainn"

So, as you can see, it's what separates the conditional from the past habitual in some cases (of course a voiceless consonant isn't going to devoice.)


I found this thread looking for clarification on conditional and future pronunciation. It seems like a final -dh is pronounced by some speakers as ch, but maybe other times I have heard it silent. As a Connemara learner, which did you learn?


What about in the imperfect?


Brid is a native speaker.


That I'm not sure about. I don't use it much, and have been trying to figure out the difference in pronunciation, assuming it exists in the dialect.


Here's one example with /x/ from a woman who looks to live in Connemara, according to the map: http://forvo.com/word/th%C3%A9adh/#ga


Karen's a good friend (and teacher) of mine. Thanks for sharing this wonderful resource!


Love it! Thanks.


I've been absent for a while, but I'm glad I logged on today. Thanks for the help with pronunciation. I've been trying to figure out the rules myself, but then a new word comes along that breaks what I thought I knew. Thank you for this!


This is amazing, thank you! :D Have a lingot.


Good lord, I sooooo needed to find something like this when the course was first released. This is amazing for my scrambled brain. Thanks so much for posting this, and a thanks to Karen, wherever she is, for doing this.


fantastic, thanks for this!


thank you so much! I have been more than a bit lost with pronounciation.. the video and handout are super helpful!


LIFE SAVER!! Thanks so much. :-)

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