Irish Alphabet

Irish Alphabet

If you're trying to learn the Irish Alphabet which is also called Gaelic, check our courses about pronunciation, and sound of all letters... to help you with your Irish grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and memorize the sounds. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Irish. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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Irish Alphabet

Learning the Irish alphabet is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. Without it, you will not be able to say words properly even if you know how to write those words. The better you pronounce a letter in a word, the more understood you will be in speaking the Irish language.

Below is a table showing the Irish alphabet and how it is pronounced in English, and finally examples of how those letters would sound if you place them in a word.

Irish AlphabetEnglish SoundPronunciation Example
Short vowels
aas in bat
eas in set
ias in sit
oas in son
uas in book
Long vowels
a:as in far
e:as in say
i:as in me
o:as in more
u:as in who
Broad Consonants
n
p
r
s
t
vas in wore
was in wigwam
xas in the German bach
z
ԓas in long
Ճ
Slender Consonants
as in canyon
as in piece
as in she
as in very
as in Hugh, German "Ich"
as in pleasure
ԓ'as in sing
Ճ'as in yes
Neutral Vowel
Əas in about
Dipthongs
aias in I, eye
auas in cow
as in pianist
as in fluent

Irish Pronunciation

You saw how a letter is written and might be pronounced, but there is nothing better than hearing the sound of the letters in a video or audio. Below you will be able to hear how the letters above are pronounced, just press the play button:

Irish Pronunciation

The alphabet and its pronunciation have a very important role in Irish, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with the Gaelic alphabet, you might want to check the rest of our Irish lessons here: Learn Irish. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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