How to Pronounce Irish Names ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชโ˜˜๏ธ (and other Irish words): A quick guide


hey everyone Benny Lewis from three months here and as you may know I’m an Irishman so that means that I would love to encourage you today to learn the Irish language and whenever I talk about this with people they always think it must be hard because of when you see Irish words they look so weird and they’re pronounced very differently to how you’d expect so today I want to make it a little bit easier for you and I’m going to go through the rules of how to pronounce Irish work okay so the first thing to keep in mind is that the Irish language is phonetic and that means that once you learn the rules of how each letter or letter combination is pronounced you can literally see any new word in the language and know how to say it even if you’ve never seen it before so let me walk you through these main rules to help you get used to that okay so the first one is the bout you have the same valve AEIOU and these are pronounced kind of like they are in english but as well as those you also have long vowels which we use the term Father after them for like a father you father and these are just elongated for instance you might see the name Tomas and that has the AH sound after it in general though single vowels are pretty straightforward so next to have the continent all of these consonants are essentially the same as they are in English so let’s look at the ones that are different now you know the way in English when you have the letter C sometimes it’s pronounced like an S if it’s before an IR any the same rule applies for French and Spanish and other languages and sometimes it’s a hard K and Irish it’s always going to be a hard K and that gives you words like the name Keon but an Irish we do actually have that thing where some consonants change before an e and and I the most famous one being the letter S so before you and I it has the sound like in Shawn Shamus or Sinead and in otherwise it’s exactly like in English just an S SAP so back to vows and this time when you’ve to them together so a E is pronounced like a like an Maeve I a we saw with es like in Qian and those aren’t too bad but the trickiest one to remember is a o because that’s pronounced like e the oddest one of the bunch I know but once you know the Rose you’re good to go like if your words like Aoife otherwise in many cases when you see two vowels together it’s often because of this way of transitioning between two ways of saying consonants now you don’t need to worry too much by that except for the fact that this rule means that one of those letters is not going to be pronounced so in these words here the letters in red are not going to be pronounced and that gives you Kira Podrick and Oshin now the last thing that might throw some people off is a feature of irish called the mission it’s actually a really nice part of the language it helps the sounds of words flow together nicer but the thing is it creates letter combinations of light for you all the good news though is they all have one thing in common the letter H so just keep a couple more pronunciation rules in mind when you see these letters with the letter H after them it’s not as bad as it looks so for instance SH and th both have the same huh sounds like in English th so that gives you words like cuddle or flogging pH is the FN like in English or French and F H is silent but looking at the tricky ones BH is the guttural sound that you might know from the word la and th and th could be a similar but kind of different plan which you would know from the Irish way of saying hello Jia glitch so don’t worry too much about that though because in names they tend to have the much easier Y friend like in Thai and finally depending on the dialect you might have W you these in some cases but for names especially B&M you’ll hear them with the V sound so that gives you near and shavonne and that’s pretty much it it takes some getting used to but you can see how these rules would apply for when you see something new like for instance the leader of the Irish government is the tea shop which you would know from the rules I just went through now I know it’s not easy but it’s way more consistent than English is actually made another video of me showing how ridiculous English phonetic and pronunciation rules can be so hope that by showing you a small number of things to keep in mind you might find that that Irish words are that little bit easier to pronounce there’s a little bit more to it than what I gave in the short video so make sure to click here for more info on learning Irish you really want to get into it and otherwise check out this playlist of videos that I’ve made in Irish and if I’ve missed anything be sure to leave a comment thanks for watching lon I’ll just go oh my oh my god

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