There is a good book called Buntus Cainte that comes with cd or tapes to listen to--might be helpful. Avoid children's dictionaries in Irish English verbiage UNLESS they specify that they offer phonetic breakdowns-I have several that I got in Ireland for my youongest and it is frustrating that the pronunciation eys fd o not exist in the books. I have some cds too that I might be able ot upload on my page if I can find them. Also, look for free online english/Irish info.
Also, the Irish is very Germaic in its pronunciation; in fact of you can read Irish, you can sometimes read German too. Alex--The Northern dialect is a twofold or sometimes threefold issue--what you hear in Belfast is not even close to Donegal, although both North. Also, Limerick is nowhere near anything else nor Cork.
Hi Felicia wow i did not know that it was so specific to one region ! that make it even more unique.
I have a book that tell how to speak in the northern way.
Like that the C is alway hard and the and D become DJ before E and I. And lot of prouniation key like that. It a really good book. they refer it to the Ulster dialect regrouping all Ulster.
So with this book I can say that i can speak phonetically the irish from Ulster :)
I really like this book in french regrouping all the basic knowledge to understand Gaeilge, the language and the country.. well it a good start :) It called L'irlandais de poche !