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DH DH

We are going to have a look at the Gaelic sound made by the letters dh.

If dh is used before a broad vowel (a, o, or u), it is pronounced similarly to the English ‘g’, as can be heard in dhà (the dependent form of , two):

dh

dhà

two

dhà-dheug

twelve

If dh is used before a slender vowel (e or i), it is pronounced similarly to the ‘y’ sound. We can hear this in the short phrase mo dhinnear (my dinner):

dh

mo dhinnear

my dinner

If dh follows a slender vowel (e or i) in the middle or at the end of a word, it is silent. A common example of this can be found in the popular name Eilidh:

Eilidh

Eilidh