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Monday, April 14, 2014

#AtoZChallenge ~ L ~ #Gaelic

Today stands for LEARN -- not in Gaelic, but a wee bit o' pronunciation using the Gaelic word for Grandpa.

which happens to be


Step 1. Start with the English word "sinner"

Step 2. Say "sinner" again, but this time, the tip of your tongue should touch the back of your upper front teeth when saying the "nn" in the middle of the word. Say it that way through all the remaining steps.

Step 3. Change the s into an sh, producing a nonsense word which rhymes with the real word in step 1: "shinner"

Step 4. Broaden the sound of the vowel in the first syllable of the new word in Step 2. It should be about halfway in between the sound of the e in "bet" and the sound of the a in "bat". You now have "grandpa/grandfather" in Gaelic.

Like most Gaelic words, the accent is on the first syllable, but you will have that right if you start with "sinner", which already has the accent on the first syllable. Just keep it there as you work through the four steps.

1 comment:

  1. LOL - I thought you were going to tell us that the word for Grandpa was derived from "sinner" and I was a bit worried about this.
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