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Geoffrey
Irish Gaelic speakers/learners to help with pronunciation?
Hello, polyglots!

I am narrating a story about St. Patrick for LibriVox. I underestimated the amount of Gaelic words in it and am struggling to pronounce several phrases. Would any of you be interested in helping me not butcher your beautiful language in an audiobook?

Go raibh maith agat!
Geoffrey
May 14, 2020 10:48 PM
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Is it Modern Irish you're looking for, or Old Irish, as was spoken at the time of St. Patrick? Either way, I can help you with the pronunciation.
May 15, 2020
Well, it's Modern Irish, with some transcription errors: "felemuir" should be "feilmiúir" a dialect form of "feirmeoir"; "comthineol" should be "comhthineol", a dialectal form of "comhthionól" (looking at the link you sent, I see that the lenition is missing from the "m" in "domnach" too, which should be "domhnach" [ˈd̪õːnax]).
Here are the pronunciations for those. I hope you're well versed in IPA.
[ˈɸʲɛlʲɪmʲuːɾʲ ˈgə̯ɪːhə]
[ˈkoːhʌnˠoːlˠ ˈxɾə̯ɪmʲ ˈɣə̯ɪβʲ]
[ˈtʲeːdʲax]
[ˈpɔl̴̪ ə ˈtʲeːtʲə]
[ˈɸʲɛʃ tʲiː ˈxɔnaːnʲ]
If really necessary, you can replace [ɸʲ] with [fʲ] and [βʲ] with [vʲ].
Don't hesitate to ask if you need any further explanations, I know it's complicated.

May 15, 2020
Thanks! I'm not very familiar with IPA, but this is finally my excuse to learn!
May 15, 2020
Thanks! I'm actually not sure. Many of them are old names. Here are some examples:

felemuir gaoithe
comthineol Chruim Dhuibh
Téideach
poll an t séidte
Feis tighe Chonáin

I pulled these from chapter 1 of this story: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/45910/45910-h/45910-h.htm#Page_1
May 15, 2020
Geoffrey
Language Skills
English, Gaelic (Irish), German, Latin, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
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German, Latin, Swedish