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Let’s look at the u sound in Gaelic, for which there is a short u and a long ù.

Listen to the short u sound:

u

Now, listen out for the short u sound in these examples:

guth

a voice

guth làidir

a strong voice


ugh

an egg

ugh tunnaig

a duck egg

The long ù sound, as always, is represented by a grave accent ( ` ) over the vowel. Listen to the long ù sound now:

ù

Listen for the ‘ù’ sound in these examples:

ùpraid

an uproar

ùpraid mhòr

a big uproar


a dog

cù òg

a young dog