Some more Gaelic

Notes about Gaelic

The emphasis is almost always on the first syllable so if you are emphasizing any other syllable you are doing it incorrectly.

There are only 18 letters in the Gaelic alphabet – There are no J, k, q, v, w, x, y or z.

A is pronounced like the a in hat or cat

Ah is pronounced like the a in are, car or bar

E is pronounced eh in bet or let

U is uh as in shut or but, but really more like any vowel found in the middle of an English word.

Ae is pronounced like the a in ale, fail or bale.

Oe is pronounced like woe or owe

Aw as in paw

G is hard as in group or guppie

Tch as in itchy, scratch or chair

Ñ with a tilde is the same as in Spanish with a y, an ny sound union

Ch is always a hard sounding c but farther to the back of the throat

GH almost the same but slightly voiced

L, T, D & N almost the same as English but thicker.

For more complete pronunciation

English Gaelic Pronunciation

North a tuath uh too uh

South a deas uh jess

East an ear un yerr

West an iar un yee urr

Earth talamh tah luv

Air gaoth guu

Fire teine chee nyuh

Water uisge oos geh

Spirit spiorad speerid

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