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Vincent767 
Posted: 20-Feb-2006, 04:17 PM
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Hello everyone. I am in need of some help with the correct pronunciation of the following words:

ailleacht (sometimes seen as ailleachd)
Gradh
Annsachd

I have gone to sites that help with pronunciation, but it isn't helping all that much (especially with the first and third words). As far as I can tell, 'Gradh' is pronounced 'Gra-v' .... but I could be way off, and have no idea if so. Each word will be preceded by 'Mo' (which I believe is the gaelic word for 'My' and is pronounced like the first two letters in 'Mass').

So, if one of you do speak Gaelic, could you please provide a phonetic translation?

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Posted: 21-Feb-2006, 06:06 AM
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Hello Vincent!

I wish I could help, however I am learning Scotthish Gaelic rather than Irish, so I'm afraid that I don't know how to pronounce them either. However I will ask around on some Irish forums for you, and if I get any responses, I'll let you know!

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Posted: 21-Feb-2006, 06:15 AM
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Hello again!

I just remembered that my Irish dictionary gives pronunciations! Here is what it gives:

ailleacht (sometimes seen as ailleachd)
ahl - lu'chk (the ch here is the hard ch found in loch or Bach)

Gradh
Could not find it in my dictionary. In Scottish it would be gragh (the final gh being very soft - gh sounds almost like a gargling sound)

Annsachd
Again this is not in my Irish dictionary. In Scottish it would be awn-sachk. (the ch here is the hard ch found in loch or Bach)

Are you sure these are Irish Gaelic words? I could only find one in my Irish dictionary, but all three are in my Scottish dictionaries!

Anyway, hope that helps!
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Posted: 21-Feb-2006, 10:09 AM
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Thank you for trying to help, Wiz. I do appreciate it.

I locted the words from this online dictionary:

[URL=http://www.mackinnon.me.uk/Faclair/]Faclair Gidhlig - Beurla
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I do not know if it is Irish or Scottish, however.

I am going to head to the local bookstore and library to see what I unearth there. I am sure I will back asking for more help.

Thanks again.
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Posted: 21-Feb-2006, 09:38 PM
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Hello again!

If you found these in MacKinnon, then they are definitely Scottish, not Irish. If you have any more questions, ask away! I'll do my best to either answer myself or find the answers for you!

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