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Date Posted: 14:08:45 03/24/04 Wed
Author: LMcCue
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Subject: Re: Pronounciations
In reply to: Gobae 's message, "Pronounciations" on 05:37:06 03/24/04 Wed

>I've started reading the teach yourself Irish Gaelic
>lessons but I'm confused with the pronounciation
>guides. Are the English guide words pronounced using
>British English, American English, Australian English
>or what? (This should really be stated somewhere BTW)
>Because the examples don't match up with American

It would be my guess that the English guide words are pronounced in Irish English. Okay, that was sort of bad humor on my part. However, English pronunciation is considered to be the same in any context. The fact that there are accents has more to do with cultural context than the language itself. The written Irish Gaelic is not supposed to match up with American English or any other English. That is why the language is called by another name than English.

When you're learning another language, try not to think of it as an appendage to one you already know. The language evolved on its own apart from English ancestors or anyone else's background for that matter. It is its own culture.

If you have trouble doing this, consider taking symbols such as colors and putting the dialog from the language you are learning on the back to check when you begin to associate the color with its new name.

Once you begin to think in this manner it will become easier. And you will begin to enjoy the process more as you can stop berating yourself for not "getting" the way the language is "all backwards" and all the other things that will invariably be different than what you have experienced before.

Bright blessings. I hope you find they ley of the land. --Linda

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