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Dawn (66.19.56.132 - 66.19.56.132)
Posted on Friday, August 15, 2003 - 12:06 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Dia dhíbh,

I'm having difficulty hearing the distinction between these two words. Could anyone clarify it for me?

Thanks,
Dawn

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Oliver Grennan (217.155.45.120 - 217.155.45.120)
Posted on Friday, August 15, 2003 - 10:06 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Hi Dawn,

If you're an English speaker, you should hear it sounding something like this:

Iarthar
EAR-her

Oirthear
ERR-her

A bit like that anyway.

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Dawn (66.19.56.23 - 66.19.56.23)
Posted on Friday, August 15, 2003 - 10:40 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Oliver,

Thanks! I assume that your phonetic representation "ERR" is the same sound as in the word "ERRor"?

My goodness, you have to be listening closely to know which end of the country should be expecting rainfall.....

-Dawn

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