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R R

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

When R is not the first letter in a word and occurs next to a, o, or u, it is considered broad, and can be heard in fear (a man):

r

fear

a man

fear le camara

a man with a camera

The broad R can also be heard in tarbh (a bull):

tarbh

a bull

tarbh mòr

a big bull

When R is not the first letter in a word and occurs next to e or i, it is considered slender, and can be heard in oir (an edge):

r

oir

an edge

oirthir

a coast

The slender R can also be heard in airgead (money/silver):

airgead

money / silver

airgead agus òr

silver and gold