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A Thaisce (lots of help on pronunciation please!)

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Post April 30 2010, 12:50 PM
New Arrival
Posts: 1
I am just learning that Gaelic doesnt sound like it is spelled. I have searched the web but i cant get an audio sample of how to say it. Any help on how to say "a thaisce"?



Post April 30 2010, 13:30 PM
wombat oifigiúil an fóraim
Posts: 18524
a thaisce
uh HASH-kuh
- or -
uh HASH-kee

Post April 30 2010, 14:16 PM
Ard-Banríon na Ráiméise
Posts: 57599
Actually, it's spelled exactly as it's just that, like other non-English languages, it doesn't use English phonics. French and Spanish don't "sound like they're spelled" either, when you follow that line of reasoning.


Post April 30 2010, 18:15 PM
Posts: 166
Actually English is one of the languages whose writing system least resembles how it is pronounced. Compare read (present tense), read (past tense), great, all containing ea but pronounced differently. English not being my native language and having learned a couple of other languages at school, I can guarantee you that English is one of the least consistent languages when it comes to matching the written with the spoken language. I find that Irish is actually quite consistent.

Post May 01 2010, 1:38 AM
Posts: 4409
Well, that's because English spelling is about 900 years out of synch with its pronunciation...

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