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geabhin (205.188.209.12 - 205.188.209.12)
Posted on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 01:16 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

hello,

i have been learning irish for the past few months and i must say it is a beautiful language. i have been going through books, cd's, and just about everything i can get my hands on from oideas gael.

my teacher is from gweedore which is in the northern donegal area and i have noticed that things she has taught me are a little different from the irish classes i have recently stated taking...

the most noticable thing i have seen is that when she pronunciates words ending in -adh, -eadh...it comes out as an "oo" sound.

"ag séideadh" comes out like "eg shayd-oo" but in this irish class it sounds like "eg shayd-uh"

are there any other major differences in pronunciations like this?

geabhin

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PC (217.155.45.123 - 217.155.45.123)
Posted on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 03:51 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Loads of minor differences, way too many to enumerate here, but they are just local colour rather than a bar to comprehension.

For example, they pronounce the number 7 as 'seart' rather than 'seacht', thinking is 'smaoitiú' rather than 'smaoineadh'. It's just minor differences really.

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Risteárd (132.236.122.140 - 132.236.122.140)
Posted on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 08:16 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Geabhin, a chara,

You might be interested in this:

http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/gaeilge/gramadach/canuinti.html

The language spoken in Gaoth Dhobhair/Gweedore is Ulster Irish. (Tír Chonaill is the old name for the what is now part of County Dongeal)

Ádh mór!

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Risteárd (132.236.122.140 - 132.236.122.140)
Posted on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 08:22 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Botún beag! Dongeal = Donegal

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