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

Ei is another sound that has both a long and short form, represented by a grave accent over the e for a long sound. The short ei sound (without a grave accent) can be heard in deich (ten) and leisg (lazy):

ei

deich

ten

leisg

lazy

nighean leisg

a lazy girl

Alternatively, èi with a grave can be heard in cèilidh (a gathering) and èigh (shout):

èi

cèilidh

a gathering

èigh

shout