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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2001 (January-June) » Saoirse=Freedom « Previous Next »

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Kathleen Kiley
Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2000 - 09:57 am:   Edit Post Print Post

I am trying to find the correct pronunciation of the Irish word, Saoirse, which means freedom in english. I have done a little study in Irish but always get stuck with the correct pronunciations. Could some one send me a phonetic pronunciation for the word Saoirse? Thanks very much. Contact me at katkiley@aol.com

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Seosamh (1cust224.tnt11.nyc3.da.uu.net - 63.23.134.224)
Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2000 - 10:35 am:   Edit Post Print Post

SEER-shuh (shuh to rhyme with the English word 'the')

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williamfuller (1cust139.tnt1.ruston.la.da.uu.net - 63.11.21.139)
Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2000 - 02:35 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

A chairde: Ta cuimhne agam go raibh me i mBAC roinnt bliain o shin agus d'fhan me sa siopa. D'fheagraigh me don siopadoir__conas deirtear an "aoi" i Sean O'Faoilain? Gabh mo leithsceal; ni folair dom cupla focla a scriobh as Bearla anois:Kathleen's question reminded me of my difficulty with "aoi" and set off my my writi ng this message, which I haven't first proofread but hurriedly. For those who have read thus far, Go raibh maith agaibh.

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Sáfach (ppp343.dialup.gmu.edu - 129.174.103.127)
Posted on Friday, June 16, 2000 - 01:56 am:   Edit Post Print Post

My "handle" for this dipthong is to remember the name Aoife. I wish I had such a secure grasp on all the sounds!

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Seosamh (1cust80.tnt9.nyc3.da.uu.net - 63.23.128.80)
Posted on Friday, June 16, 2000 - 11:39 am:   Edit Post Print Post

"Handles" like that are a good idea for remembering complicated rules.

At least "aoi" is always "ee" -- or /i:/. It's "ao" that gives people trouble. Saol is pronounced /se:l/ in Munster, /si:l/ to the north of there. In Donegal, there is a third pronunciation in many places that is described as "ú neamhchruinn" in An Teanga Bheo, an inexact (or unclear) long u. It's akin to the Scottish "oo" sound.

A diphthong is when two vowel sounds are glided together, as in the words "boy" or "how".

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briain toland (citrix2.cuyahoga.lib.oh.us - 206.187.150.20)
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2001 - 01:39 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

greetings from cleveland,ohio being of donegalstockmy pronuncaition of freedom would be seer-shuh

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