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Irish Pronunciation Help

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Now that I have been learning Irish for quite a while now, I am getting the hang of lenition and eclipsis and all of the other complicated grammar concepts of the language. However, I still have a major weakness: pronunciation. If I am reading a newspaper article or a short story in Irish, I find myself not knowing how to pronounce almost every other word that I read. I have been using Forvo and other pronunciation guides to help me figure out how to say Irish words correctly, but there are so many different dialects that I can hear the same word pronounced a lot of different ways. I also am having trouble hearing the difference between broad and slender consonants for certain letters (mainly d/n/t/l). I would really appreciate if someone would be able to make a more in-depth pronunciation guide with the pronunciation of vowels, diphthongs, and slender/broad consonants from the dialect that is most commonly spoken in Ireland. I know this is a lot to ask, but I would greatly appreciate this. Thanks for the help!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr
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I found Karen Reshkin's guide and video most helpful:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5176784

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Super-Svensk
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Thank you for this guide!!! For the first time I feel like I can actually pronounce something in Irish without second-guessing myself!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi
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This a guide to pronouncing each of the letters in the alphabet.

There is another article here with a section about dialects.

This is a dictionary where you can hear the word in each of the dialects.

I hope I helped.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

That first pronunciation guide is off. Irish <r> is not supposed to be pronounced like English <r>, for example. And there's a difference in the sounds between broad and slender consonants, though you'd never tell it by looking at that.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Super-Svensk
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OK, thanks for letting me know. Not everything on the Internet is trustworthy... :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Super-Svensk
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Thank you so much!!!!!!! These websites are amazing! Your help is greatly appreciated!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marmotte829

Thanks for all the links! I just started Irish and was feeling discouraged due to the lack of pronunciation assistance. It's otherwise a great program, but I love how the Spanish course has audio and a vocabulary list. Would love to see this in Irish as well! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Masofon

Yeah, I'm really struggling with pronunciation. Really wish there was more audio guidance, it's just not quite enough. And a vocab list would be incredibly useful. I find myself wanting to look up words all the time. :(

3 years ago