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BL BL

Let’s have a look at how to pronounce the BL sound in Gaelic.

In Gaelic, bl has two distinct sounds, depending on whether it occurs next to a broad vowel (a, o, u) or a slender vowel (e, i). The broad bl can be heard in blas (a taste):

bl

blas

a taste

blas math

a nice taste

The broad bl sound can also be heard in ablach (a wreck):

ablach

a wreck

Ablach de chàr

A wreck of a car

The slender bl can be heard in bliadhna (a year):

bl

bliadhna

a year

Bliadhna mhath ùr!

Happy new year!