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Irish - How can I learn pronunciation when no audio

How can I know how to pronounce Irish word for which is not published audio recording? Any ideas? Please help I would like to learn it properly. Thanks in advance

February 5, 2015


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Forvo.com and breis.focloir.ie would be the best resources, at least as far as finding individual words. And given the current quality* of the speaker, I would do this anyway, because listening to her could teach you improper pronunciation.

*this is being fixed, but I have not heard any definite timeline for us getting a new speaker.


Thank you very much. I had no idea that "our" speaker pronounce words in wrong way. How should I know? I had no clue about Irish before I started learning it. Even do I notice that when pronouncing Dia Duit and Dia Daoibh it sounds completly the same and I reported that problem. Hope it will be fix.


There's a website called Forvo. Go there and type the word in the search bar. Odds are there's a native speaker giving the pronunciation.


Thank you so much I will try it out


I'm having the same problem. Going to hunt for a textbook during the WE in the hope they have some pronunciation guidelines - at the moment I'm memorising the spelling but this may well turn against me as the way I mentally imagine the word is no doubt quite different from how it's actually said. It's a bit minus to the Duo class so far, a full lesson on how to pronounce what letters in the very beginning wouldn't go amiss imho.


This thread has some suggestions, including a youtube video for pronunciation rules. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6405807 For more detail, you could check Wikipedia Irish Phonology http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_phonology


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