A question, please

Latest post Sat, Apr 22 2017 1:23 by DnK. 3 replies.
  • Thu, Apr 20 2017 15:00

    • Bama
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    A question, please

    Dia daoibh ! Listening to online Ulster speakers, I've noticed that some speakers have such a heavy accent that it's very hard to understand them while other Ulster speakers don't have a heavy accent and are quite easy to understand. Is this a regional thing ? Go  raibh maith agat. 🍀😙

     

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  • Fri, Apr 21 2017 9:23 In reply to

    • Dale D
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    Re: A question, please

    Haigh, Bama.

    I may not have an accurate ear for Irish speakers in Ulster, but I can tell you a bit about the English speakers.  Just within Belfast there are at least three different pronunciation patterns, and I suspect those would cross over into Gaeilge as well.  The best example I can think of is with the word "now" although most words that rime with it would fit the same pattern.  In most of Northern Ireland "now" is pronounced as "nye" or at least that is the best phonetic similarity.  Some people in certain parts of Belfast will pronounce it "nar" and I do not know how that would cross over into Irish.  But those differences do exist, and about every ten miles there is a slight shift in the accent so that, with exposure, you could probably identify someone from Portadown and be able to differentiate from a Belfast accent.

    I don't know if that helps....

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    • Dale D
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    Re: A question, please

    Hey, Bama, one more thing.  You might already know about this, but there is a TV show from Northern Ireland on YouTube (only one season, I think, which was 8 episodes) called "Scúp!" about An Nuacht Gaeilge in Belfast, which follows the travails of an Irish language paper trying to make it in Belfast.  There is some occasional use of English, but most of it is done as Gaeilge with subtitles.  I wish there was a way to turn off the subtitles, as I think I would get more out of it that way, but they seem to have been captured with the video.  But it's a great way to listen to that Ulster dialect!

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  • Sat, Apr 22 2017 1:23 In reply to

    • DnK
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    Re: A question, please

    Grma , a Dale ! I'll give it a look over 😁

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