In this video, we're going to learn how to speak an Irish accent.
Whenever you're learning a new accent, it helps to isolate sounds that are specific to that accent. So as we play with these sounds, I encourage you to pause the video and practice these words out loud. They may feel strange at first, but they become beautiful once you live in them a little.
The first major sound within the Irish accent that gives it a wonderful jumping off place, is the Irish I. In an Irish accent, it is less, I and more Oi (as in oil). Start first, just getting the sense of it, and then gradually understate it.
Part 1: Sounds
Practice sentence: Fortune smiled upon him in Ireland. It’s not quite the right shade of blue. I’ll be having some of that oil.
Next, we have our R sounds. In an Irish accent, the R’s are certainly pronounced.
Practice sentence: You’re such a hard worker. What on earth are you doing? When do you start school?
Our next sound is the shift from Ow to EHW.
Practice sentence: We don’t have to go to
work for another hour. Lemons are sour. Flowers grow in the garden.
Practice works from OH to OWH
feel the vowel come all the way to the lips while opening the throat.
Practice sentence: I know I met him on the road a short time ago.
Part 2: Melody and Pitch
The irish accent is known for being very melodic. The phrases tend to have a up and down sort of dreamy lilt to them.
Don’t take it so personal.
And that was the sort of this he wanted to tell me ya’ see.
Would you care to go out?
Sure, and that’ll be the end of it.
Longer practice phrases
Wait till I tell ya’s what I read in the paper. I never heard the like in me life!
Like I says to ya’s. That’s really very true. And sure you’ll be after knowing the truth of it, somewhere along the road anyways.
It’s not a date the way you’re thinking and I’m done telling ya. End of discussion.