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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:38 pm 
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I've seen two old Irish names and am not sure exactly how to pronounce them...can anyone help with Ruadhri and Tadgh?

Likely, they're both pronounced as swampwarblermangrove, but I wanted to double check.

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Jayhawk wrote:
I've seen two old Irish names and am not sure exactly how to pronounce them...can anyone help with Ruadhri and Tadgh?

Likely, they're both pronounced as swampwarblermangrove, but I wanted to double check.

Eric


"Tadhg" is pronounced more or less like "Tyg" (as in short for "tiger"). "Ruadhrí" is, roughly, ROO-uh-ree (it's the name from which we get "Rory")

Tadhg is still quite a common name, especially in the north (I know a couple of guys named Tadhg).

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Redwolf - thanks for the help. That's actually what I was guessing, but I hate to guess and appreciate the guidance. I've heard "Tyg" pronounced but wasn't 100% sure it went with Tadgh.

I find Irish pronunciation hopelessly confusing - almost like it was a language invented just to confuse me...which shows remarkable farsightedness since the language has been around just a bit longer than I have been.

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Jayhawk wrote:
Redwolf - thanks for the help. That's actually what I was guessing, but I hate to guess and appreciate the guidance. I've heard "Tyg" pronounced but wasn't 100% sure it went with Tadgh.

I find Irish pronunciation hopelessly confusing - almost like it was a language invented just to confuse me...which shows remarkable farsightedness since the language has been around just a bit longer than I have been.

Eric


No prob!

It's really not so bad, once you're used to it. It's a lot more regular than English.

One thing that's helped me a lot with pronunciation is reading the printed words as I listen to songs...then singing along, as I become more able. It helps make that connection between what the eye sees, the ears hear, and the mouth says.

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