§ 187. As before stated, the ordinary letter k will, in most cases, represent to the ordinary reader the correct sound of c slender. This, however, is not true when the c is followed immediately by l, r, or n. In English the combinations cl, cr, as in clear, cream, are always pronounced with our K sound, or broad sound of c., so that when in Irish these combinations are followed by a slender vowel, we must use the symbol k to caution the student that the c is to have its slender sound. It is not difficult to pronounce c slender before l, r, or n, but the sound is unknown in English, and we shall endeavor to teach it to our students by means of a little device:—
|the word||key-word||is pronounced almost|
If the first syllable of the words in the last column be pronounced very short, and the stress be laid on the last syllable, the student will have a very good pronunciation of the words in question.
|binn||(bin), sweet (of sound)|
|ceol||(kōl, k-yōl), music|
|cré||(krae, kir-ae'), clay|
|críona||(kreen'a, kir-een'-a), prudent|
|crios||(kris, kir-is'), a belt|
|pairc||(paurk), a pasture, field|
§ 190. Cionnus atá tú? How are you? Go láidir, strongly. Cionnus 'tá tú? is oftener heard, and the older form, cannus 'taoi? (koN-ăs thee) is yet spoken in Munster. Gort, a tillage field, páirc, a pasture field.
as in English