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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2002 (January-June) » Question on pronouncation « Previous Next »

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Steven Donovan (cache-2.sbo.ma.webcache.rcn.net - 207.172.11.233)
Posted on Monday, January 28, 2002 - 11:04 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

my family motto is "Giolla ar a námhaid abú!", i am a Donovan by the way, first if any one has any information on the motto, origins, or anything, i would appreciate any contact, second, and the main reason why i am posting is what woudl be the phonetic pronouncation of the motto? Slán
Steve

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James (wcs1.norfolk.nipr.mil - 198.26.132.101)
Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 10:03 am:   Edit Post Print Post

I would try (Gil-uh ar uh nawd a-boo). The caveat, however,is that I'm not a native speaker and am in the early stages of self teaching. Other, more accomplished scholars than I may be able to provide a more accurate phonetic guide.

Le meas,

James

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Tracey (redwood.may.ie - 149.157.1.122)
Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 02:37 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Steven,

Giolla: would be pronounced more like 'Guil' (like the English 'dull' but slightly more rounded - try saying it with your tongue moving from the bottom of your mouth up to the roof of it!)
ar: er (like the start of the work 'error')
námhaid: this depends on what dialect you listen to - naw wid/nawm id (just 2 examples)
- I've nothing different for the rest than what James suggested.

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