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PostPosted: Sun 21 Feb 2021 9:57 pm 
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Hi! I’m working on my prepositions some more, and I’m having difficulty finding an Ulster pronunciation for “aige/aici/acu,” I’ve put them through the Abair.ie synthesizer, but it’s hard to tell which syllable the stress is on. I also rewatched “Now You’re Talking Irish” Episode 20 on YouTube, but again, it’s hard to tell which is the stressed syllable among all the speakers. Also, the “e” in “aige” sounds like an “uh” sound sometimes and an “aa” sound other times. 8O

Can anyone help? Thank you if so!


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PostPosted: Thu 25 Feb 2021 12:26 am 
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Rosie_Oleary wrote:
Hi! I’m working on my prepositions some more, and I’m having difficulty finding an Ulster pronunciation for “aige/aici/acu,” I’ve put them through the Abair.ie synthesizer, but it’s hard to tell which syllable the stress is on. I also rewatched “Now You’re Talking Irish” Episode 20 on YouTube, but again, it’s hard to tell which is the stressed syllable among all the speakers. Also, the “e” in “aige” sounds like an “uh” sound sometimes and an “aa” sound other times. 8O

Can anyone help? Thank you if so!


The stress is on the first syllable.

Check this: http://www.fuaimeanna.ie
Click on the second yellow box, which takes you to sample pronunciations. On pages 3 and 4 of 77 you can hear 'ag' in all its forms. The Gaoth Dobhair woman pronounces the second syllable of 'aige' as 'ah'. However, when I hear Donegal speakers on Raidio na Gaeltachta's 'Barrscéalta' say it, the second syllable sounds to my imperfect ear to be somewhere between 'eh' and 'ih' - as in 'bet/bit', 'let/lit' etc.


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PostPosted: Thu 25 Feb 2021 5:26 pm 
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Thank you SO so much, Errigal! This has been bothering me off and on for over a year now. :cry: And this website not only completely answered my specific question, but is also a great resource I will continue to use. :clap: And it’s very important since I’m my latest Irish IGTV video on the “ag” prepositions!

I’m actually very surprised I’ve never found that website before! (as I tend to constantly scour the Internet for new resources), and I would like to return the favor by sharing a great resource I know of called https://www.doegen.ie/ . You may already know of it, but in case not, I’m sharing . It lets you click on any county in Ireland and listen to locals (recorded in the 1930’s or something) saying words, telling stories, etc. in Irish!

Anyway grma again! Bye! :wave:


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PostPosted: Thu 25 Feb 2021 8:03 pm 
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Btw, I meant “I’m doing my latest...” up there. :rolleyes:


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