Below are three recent questions we’ve received at Bitesize Irish Gaelic from learners of Irish Gaelic. Our Irish language expert is at hand, so you’re not alone learning to speak Irish.
On Bitesize Lesson 13: Initial mutations, Roshni asked:
Is lenition required in all the consonants or only in some cases?
Angelique a chara,
Thank you for your question!
Lenition only applies to those consonants listed in the lesson. You cannot add a séimhiú to the other consonants.
In our Irish for Beginners free email course, we teach you to say hello as “Dia dhuit.“, with it pronounced as: /Jee-ah ghwitch./
I have heard the phrase pronounced “Diah ghuit” – without a j and no th on the end. Is this just another accent?
Drew a chara
I think this is much the same phonetically as our example. Ours end in ch rather than th maybe that’s where the confusion lies?
However you are right in saying there are different dialects in Irish so pronunciations can vary from place to place!
On Bitesize Lesson 93: What is your home like?, Rachel asked:
Just a question about pronunciation: in the conversation Aodhán [i think] says “an-deas” which i thought would be pronounced ‘an-jeas’ but it seems like you are saying ‘an-yeas’ . Is there are a typo there? Or is it just idiosyncratic?
A Rachel a chara
You are right, Eoin is using the Munster pronunciation of this phrase. In this dialect ana dheas is what is said although an-deas is written!
Therefore you get the sound yeas in this case
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