/ Gaelic pronunciation help
'A-on-ach' I think, but 'Sgoilte'?
The sounds are quite hard to write phonetically in English.
The "ao" in Aonach is like a dipthong, i.e. the a and o are pronounced together. My best effort to write this phonetically would be "oonach", but it's not a broad "oo", more like a cross between that and the German "ue", (as in ueber).
Sgoilte should be something like "skoil-tchye".
Saor Alba's your man to confirm though.
no idea but a lovely way up after you get the initial slog out of the way...
The basic rule from what I can make out is to pronounce all the consonants that aren't there and none of the ones that are!
You can hear the "aon" sound here (aon is Gaelic for "one", or "a" (the indefinite article); click on the word in bold): http://www.bbc.co.uk/alba/foghlam/beag_air_bheag/units/unit_08/
> The sounds are quite hard to write phonetically in English.
> The "ao" in Aonach is like a dipthong, i.e. the a and o are pronounced together. My best effort to write this phonetically would be "oonach", but it's not a broad "oo", more like a cross between that and the German "ue", (as in ueber).
> Sgoilte should be something like "skoil-tchye".
> Saor Alba's your man to confirm though.
this is bang on.
Thank you very much.
I'll follow up the link to Aonach, which I thought I knew how to say...
"skoil-tchye" - the "ch" in the second syllable must be as in loch, not as in church?
The "ch" in the second syllable as in church. :-)
I'd not come across that service before - but I have not been on UKC/UKH very much recently.
Thank you to all
Thank you very much.
What a brilliant service you are providing.
Scots and Yorkshire pronunciation has few diphthongs. Both tend to use pure vowel sounds (Yorkshire being even purer than Scots, I hate to admit) - also called monophthongs. Although few vowel sounds are totally pure.
Received English pronunciation and, say, London dialect are full of diphthongs. E.g. "oh no" in a mock upper class accent would have very distinct multiple vowel sounds, perhaps even more than 2! Or, in London, "south" can sound more like "sa-iff".
German has generally pure vowel sounds, not diphthongs. "Ueber" in particular is a monophthong. It's a pure sound. Unlike "neu", which sounds like "boy" and is a diphthong.
But, I notice from looking round t'Internet, that opinions tend to be divided on this! Wikipedia, if you trust it, is clear that a diphthong is a "gliding vowel sound", where you move from one vowel to another.
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