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    Hello everybody.

    I am new to the site and I live in County Meath not too far from the Meath Gaeltacht. I’m 25 and a graduate in Russian and Polish so have somewhat a linguistic background. I’m very dedicated to learning Irish and have almost entirely converted from English television radio to TG4 and Irish radio!

    I guess I don’t have a particular dialect that I’m studying however I’d say I lean more towards Connemara Irish due to the fact that is what is used in Meath Gaeltacht and also the part of the world from where my family originates!

    I was wondering whether it would be okay for me to regularly post short recordings on here of sentences, dialogues etc in Irish for those on this site to listen to, correct where necessary and just give some overall feedback. I guess my big issue concerns pronunciation and getting right.

    Anyway, I look forward to getting to meet you all a bit more personally on here and would appreciate if somebody could let me know whether it’s okay to upload short recordings!

    Thank you !


    So maybe no news is good news? So I’ve uploaded my first recording and any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    I’d like to know how the accent sounds? (pronunciation, accent etc is very important to me) are there mistakes which make it non-comprehensible or am I completely wrong on some sounds etc? Obviously, it is highly unlikely to be perfect as I’m a new learner but it’d be good for any kind of feedback whatsoever – but please be kind lol 🙂 I didn’t do Irish at school and have only been properly learning for a few weeks!

    The recording is:
    Thanks in advance!

    The sentences should be:

    Tagann Máire ón Spáinn

    As an nGearmáin mise

    An labhraíonn tú gaelige?

    Labhraím beagán gaelige

    Táim i mo chónaí i mBÁC

    Tá sé fuar inniu


    Well done, a Thuathanaigh! You’re not too far off the mark, I would say. Sounds like you’ve got a good base, so I would just recommend you to pay close attention to the distinction between broad and slender consonants, e.g. tagaNN (broad) vs SpáiNN (slender). Both sounds are longer than the English “n”, but also very different from each other, the broad sound having a velar quality and the slender one being palatal. This will probably ring bells to you, as you’ve studied Russian. Here are a couple of more tips:

    Tagann Máire ón Spáinn – the first vowel in “Máire” is a long “a” (Mahrya), the final consonant in “Spáinn” is a long, slender “n”
    As an nGearmáin mise – work on the “nG” sound!
    An labhraíonn tú gaelige? – “labhraíonn” begins with a long, broad “l” and ends with a long, broad “n”, so make these sounds longer, “Gaeilge” begins with a broad “g”, so imagine a brief “u” or “w” sound after it before you go on to pronounce the first vowel.
    Labhraím beagán gaelige – same remark as above
    Táim i mo chónaí i mBÁC – the first vowel in “chónaí” is a long “u”
    Tá sé fuar inniu – long slender “n” in “inniu”

    Good luck!


    At first I thought you would go into the neighboring Gaeltacht and make recordings for us. How selfish of me!


    Thank you for the corrections! 🙂 really appreciate it! I’ll periodically post some recordings after doing some work on sounds etc!

    As for the making recordings in the neighbouring Gaeltacht – well, the closest one too me is quite small and I’m not well-known around those villages however I am planning to go for a beer session next week or the following so if I have enough to drink and pluck up the courage, I might just ask to make a recording with somebody! :))


    Ná habair é – don’t mention it! By the way, there’s an excellent website dealing with Irish sounds (includes plenty of examples, all of them with audio files) which allows you to check how each phoneme is pronounced in the three main dialects. I think it’s a great learning aid both for beginners and advanced speakers.

    Go n-éirí leat!

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