The colorful accent of the Irish people is actually derived from the Celtic Language of Gaelic or Erse, as well as the dialects that exist within the Irish accent. The capital of Ireland is Dublin; home to the famous writers like George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and James Joyce. Whether you love to act or you enjoy learning how to speak in another dialect, there are basic tools that you can use to have hat Irish accent.
Steps in Learning the Irish Accent
- Irish people use the hard “R”; practice speaking it. Americans usually pronounce the letter R on the softer side. The hard “R”, on the other hand, sounds a bit more aggressive and is used in most words that have the letter R. Technically, your tongue would curl up towards the roof of your mouth; prolonging the sound, creating a somewhat growl sound. Practice using this sound with words containing R and emphasize its pronunciation.
- Practice curling your tongue, ensuring that it would touch the hard palate; remember to leave a space on the sides, thereby making the L sound. Americans actually pronounce dark “L”s; in Dublin, on the other hand, letter L would sound much lighter. Thus, it would require the use of the muscles in order for you to create the perfect sound. Perform exercises that will strengthen your tongue and practice words that contain letter L.
- Practice pronouncing the T sound. Compared to Americans, the T sound in Dublin requires more emphasis; however, be careful not to make the sound. It should be like blowing little amounts of air; but not making contact.
- Pronounce the word light and then replace the vowel with the “oi” sound; thereby, pronouncing it as “loit”. This is particularly important in this dialect every time you hear that vowel sound, replace it with “oi”. Try practicing the words eye, goodbye, and liken.
- Replace the vowel sound that you usually hear in the word “tea” so that it would sound like “tay”. Practice this with the words beer, leave, and beach.