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Pronunciation Key

VOWELS

Short Vowels
Long Vowels
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a bean, mac
bat a: ard, tá

far
e ceist, te


set e: mé, tae

say
i duine, im

sit i: buí, naoi

me
o obair, seo

son o: ceol, mór

more
u dubh, tiubh

book u: siúl, tú

who
The Neutral Vowel
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mála, míle

about

 

Dipthongs
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ai radharc

I, eye
au leabhar

cow
bia, pian

pianist
fuar, suas

fluent

CONSONANTS

Broad Consonants
Slender Consonants
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b bán, buí

bí, beo

be, beauty
d

deo

f faoin

fíon, fiú

feet, few
g Gaeilge

fog gé, Gaeilge

gay, egg
h hata, thit

hat
k cad

cot cé, cead

key, came
l lón, mála

mill leon, míle

live
m maoin, mór

mé, mín

may, me
n anam, naoi

ainm, ní

canyon
p paca

peaca

piece
r fuar

fuair

s cás

cáis

she
t tacht

teacht

v vóta

wore bhí

very
w wigwam

wigwam
x loch

German "Bach" cheol

Hugh, German "Ich"
z

xileafón

pleasure
longa

long loingeas

sing
dhá

Spanish "Agua" dhíol

yes
d´z´ jab

job

 

STRESSED AND UNSTRESSES SYLLABLES:

In multi-syllable words, the syllables which are underlined are stressed (accented) in pronunciation. Keep in mind that as a general rule most Irish words are pronounced with the stress on the first syllable with any remaining syllables being unstressed.