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GUTAÍ
VOWELS
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CUMANN CARAD NA GAEILGE
The Philo-Celtic Society

A.  THE VOWELS

B. VOWEL SURPRISES
(THE "DIPHTHONGS")

C. OTHER VOWEL
COMBINATIONS

D. THE CONSONANTS

E. THE LAST FEW RULES -
MOPPING UP

F. PRACTICE - IRISH
WORDS IN ENGLISH
 





The Irish vowels are a, o, u, e, and i.   We don't use y.


Broad and Slender Vowels

We call a, o, and u the 'broad vowels.'  We call e and i the 'slender vowels.'  This is based on how they look.

A, o, and u are wider, so we call them 'broad.'  E and i are thinner, so we call them 'slender.'   

But this is also an important distinction for how we say things.   Like solas           vs. Seán          , the broad
and slender vowels will determine how the closest consonants are pronounced.  But more about that further
along.


Short and Long Vowels

All Irish vowels can be short or long.  

The short vowels are written a, o, u, e, and i.  The long vowels are written á, ó, ú, é, and í.   

The accent mark is called 'fada' (long)             or 'síneadh fada' (long stretching)          .  

The short vowels are pronounced differently than the long vowels as you will see and hear directly below.


Pronunciation of Vowels

Click on the blue letters below to see and hear how the vowels are pronounced.  Memorize them.

     a and á as Windows video file


     o and ó as Windows video file


     u and ú as Windows video file


     e and é as Windows video file


     i and í as Windows video file


Here's a summary of pronunciation for the vowels:

a        ah
á        aw
o        short oh
ó        long oh
u        short uh
ú        long 'ooo'
e        short eh
é        like French é which rhymes with 'hay' and 'hey'
i         short ih
í         long 'eeee'
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