Irish/Pronunciation

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Irish language pronunciation is certainly not the most consistent in the world. Letters are pronounced in very different ways depending on the context in which they appear and on the surrounding letters. In this section, we will cover some basic pronunciation rules. In no time at all, you'll be a convincing Gaeilgeoir.

Gutaí (Vowels)[edit]

a: Simply pronounced like the English word, a. However, it is the hard "ah" sound, not the softer sound as in "gate".

  • leabA - Bed
  • geatA -gate
  • dAdA -nothing



á: Pronounced as an elongated "aw" sound, as in words like "fawn" and "claw".

  • Tá -am (first person singular of "to be")
  • MÁthair -mother