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Dhan: More lenition with G and M

February 3, 2011

  When the G lenites to GH, it becomes an almost unvoiced G sound.

  • Tha sinn a’ dol dhan gharaids. (garaids—garage) ghahrage
  • Tha sinn a’ dol dhan gharradh. (garradh—garden) GHARR-ug
  • Tha sinn a’ dol dhan ghleann. (gleann—glen) ghlen

 When M lenites to MH, it is pronounced V:

  • Tha sinn a’ dol dhan mheadhan. (meadhan—center) VEH-gan
  • Tha sinn a’ dol dhan mhod. (mod—festival, gathering) VOT
  • Tha sinn a’ dol dhan mhullach. (mullach—top, summit) VUH-lahch

Today’s Listening, Can Seo, Episode 6, Part 1:

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Renea permalink
    February 7, 2011 3:41 pm

    Mo creach
    must watch this one twice! 🙂

    • February 8, 2011 12:39 am

      They really give a lot, don’t they! I’m going to re-post these later as review and write more about what’s in them.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    February 10, 2011 10:06 pm


  3. Rebecca Barton permalink
    March 14, 2011 7:02 am

    I was thrilled to discover your blog…I sincerely hope that you are going to keep up with it. I notice that you haven’t posted in awhile. 😦 I don’t know how well this is going to stick (I am not Scottish, but my heart belongs to Scotland just the same), as I am finding the pronunciations difficult, let alone trying to roll my ‘rrrrrrr’s’ :). However, I have always been fascinated by Scots Gaelic and was so happy to see someone interested in helping others to learn it. I’m looking forward to studying what you have posted so far…I just hope there will be new entries in the near future for those of us who are very much interested in learning even more about this language.

    • March 14, 2011 8:13 pm

      Hi, Rebecca,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yes, I will definitely continue to update. Occasionally, I just enter busier ‘seasons’ where it’s a little harder to keep posting. If you start from Lesson One, I have all the pronunciations for everything, and each new word has its pronunciation. I also have gotten the most help by listening, and have discovered (not surprisingly!) that there are differences in pronunciation depending who you listen to. I’m finding it all too easy to roll my R’s such that it’s getting into my German, much to my son’s annoyance, lol!

      • Rebecca Barton permalink
        March 14, 2011 10:45 pm

        The only other foreign language I have ever attempted in my life is Swedish (because I do have Swedish roots, my paternal grandmother emigrated from there), but it didn’t stick very well. I’m hoping I will do far better with Scots Gaelic. 🙂

      • March 14, 2011 11:44 pm

        My daughter is currently in Sweden and learning Swedish (hopefully very quickly!) I also study Norwegian, which is close, but not quite the same.

      • Sarah permalink
        April 21, 2011 7:38 pm

        Speaking of rolling one’s rrrr’s, I have a lot of trouble with this, but I need to be able to do it with my Spanish and Finnish too… Any tips?

      • April 22, 2011 4:04 am

        Hi, Sarah,

        Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons! I have never had trouble rolling my R’s (in fact, it’s too easy and now I’m struggling to stop doing it in German!) but I did read somewhere in my Gaelic studies to ‘tap’ your tongue on the roof of your mouth. It does come out sounding more like a ‘d,’ if that helps.

      • Sarah permalink
        September 25, 2012 10:19 pm

        Thanks for the reply. I’ve actually never had any problems with the ‘tapping’ to form the D/L-like R; it’s just that longer rolled R with a lot of trills in Spanish that I struggle with. I was thinking that that was the kind of R I needed for Gaelic too, but if Gaelic only calls for the short rolled R with a single trill, then I shouldn’t have any problems. 😉 Thanks again for the reply and thank you always for your wonderful posts! Tioraidh an-drasda!

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