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Post March 08 2009, 19:06 PM
Flocko
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Posts: 1
A chairde,

I'm looking for the proper pronunciation of the names of a few Irish poets. Thanks in advance for your help.

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

 
Post March 08 2009, 19:22 PM
mhwombat
wombat oifigiúil an fóraim
 
Posts: 18524
For the first one, roughly:

NOO-luh NEE GOH-null
If you can let a little air through your throat when you pronounce that G, you'll sound like a native. It's a slight gargling sound, but don't overdo it. In fact, many people would just pronounce it as a regular hard G.

For the second one, I haven't heard "Eiléan" pronounced, but I would say:

EH-lawn NEE HWILL-en-awn

Post March 08 2009, 22:58 PM
c0c
Gaeilgeoir
 
Posts: 109
Eiléan is prnounced the same as the English Elaine, if the fada is on the é.



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