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Listen! Which Irish language Dialect is this??

Listen to Cainteoir 1 (“Speaker 1”) reading the following paragraph as Gaeilge:

Which dialect is this speaker speaking in? Leave a reply below with your guess 🙂

Here’s what the speaker is saying:

An áit is ansa liom ná teach mo sheantuismitheoirí in aice na farraige.

Feirm a bhí ann, agus d’fhásadh m’athair mór na préataí ba bhlasta a d’ith mé riamh.

Is cuimhin liom go raibh sé i gcónaí ag scairtí ar a mhadadh nó ag amharc amach ar an tráigh, áit a mbíodh a chuid caorach.

Is áit iargúlta é, agus éiríonn sé iontach ciúin sa gheimhreadh, ach is breá liom am a chaitheamh ann nuair a thig liom éalú ón chathair.

Tá radharc galánta le feiceáil ón chnocán taobh thiar den teach agus nuair a bhím ann cluinim na faoileoga thart fán ché agus déanaim dearmad ar cad é atá le déanamh agam sa bhaile.

Even if you don’t understand a word, it helps to familiarise yourself with speakers of different dialects of Irish.

Thanks to Seán Ó Dubhchon who recorded this for our “Identify the dialect” challenge lesson for Bitesize Irish members. In that lesson in our Aistear Reference Pack, you can listen to three different people speaking this text in their own dialect.

Sign up as an Explore or Grow member, to get access to our Aistear Reference Pack. It includes the Dealing with Dialects module (see the tour), which now includes this bonus lesson of three native speakers.

Is craoltóir raidió é Seán atá ina láithreoir agus léiritheoir ar na sraitheanna raidió Seal le Seán (Raidió Rí-Rá), Mo Cheol Thú (Raidió na Life) agus Brisim Achan Riail (RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta). Is iriseoir é Seán le Nós. Is file agus scríbhneoir é le saothar foilsithe in irisí ar nós An tUltach agus Comhar, agus mar chuid den tsraith Aistí Ón Aer ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. Is drámadóir raidió é Seán agus craoladh a dhráma raidió Nuair a Scoilt an Scáthán ar RTÉ RnaG.

P.S. Sign up as an Explore or Grow member to get access to “Dealing with Dialects” and the rest of our Aistear Reference Pack. It’s available along with our self-paced online courses for members.

13 thoughts on “Listen! Which Irish language Dialect is this??”

  1. Samuel McDonnell

    The linguistic flow is unlike anything I’ve heard from Connacht and Munster dialects, I’m guessing Seán is an Ulster native! Beautiful Irish.

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