Why is it that Duolingo has two spellings for beef? mhairteoil and mairteoil
Irish has things called initial mutations, which change the initial consonant of a word. mhairteoil is the form of the word after it has undergone the mutation called 'lenition', and mairteoil is the normal form. It's similar, in a way, to how English sometimes uses 'a' but uses 'an' at other times.
I have yet to hear beef and meat spoken in Irish.. could anyone give me an english pronunciation of it?
Mairteoil is pronounced something like “mar tyoal”, and feoil is pronounced something like “fyoal”.
Another user (whose username I´ve forgotten) left this link in another discussion. It give pronunciations of Irish Gaelic words. Strangely, "mairteoil" isn´t listed, but "mair" is. I haven´t figured out whether DuoLingo follows the Munster or the Connacht pronunciation, but it sure doesn´t use the Ulster pronunciation. http://breis.focloir.ie/en/fuaim/mair