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Subject: Re: Do\igh-labhairt (Pronounciation)
From: Tom Thomson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Tom Thomson <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 10 May 1999 22:44:13 +0100
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> The long and the short of this, is to get yourself a recording of native
> speakers or even a live native speaker. You certainly can hear the difference
> between the two main kinds of n, but how you can explain it without resorting to
> jargon is another question.
>
And if you listen carefully to enough different speakers, you'll find that there are actually four different
sorts of n but no single speaker ever distinguishes more than 3 of them.

Listening carefully and trying to reproduce is the only way to go.  And you probably have to get yourself
a teacher to tell you where you're going wrong, because if your ear is attuned to English you may not
even hear the diference between sounds when that diference is important in Gaelic.

L and R are as bad as N, from an English speaker's point of view.  If you once get these three letters
right, everyone will probably assume you're a native speaker even if you get everything else quite
wrong.

M.

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