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Let's take a look at how to pronounce the vowels ai in Gaelic.

The ai sound (without a grave accent) is pronounced like “aye,” and can be heard in chaidh (went):

ai

chaidh

went

chaidh an draibhear

the driver went

Ài with a grave accent is pronounced differently, and can be heard in fàilte (welcome):

ài

Fàilte!

Welcome!

Finally, if the ai sound occurs at the end of a word followed by dh, it is pronounced like the English “i.” This can be heard in feumaidh (must):

ai

feumaidh

must

feumaidh mi falbh

I must go