Hello, I am Gareth Jameson. I am an actor and a voice coach from www.londonvoicelessons.
com. Here are some tips for working on your voice. The key to any accent is to isolate sound that
is specific to that accent.
Now for me the most important one in an Irish accent is the "i" sound. The "i" that we get
in "like" or "height", or even at the beginning of the word Irish. It becomes like an "oi",
almost like the "oi" in oil.
So that is why you sometimes hear people say "oirish" and "oireland". It is not quite "oi"
really, it is slightly less than that, it is "oii". So that we have "I will be fine
with all this oil", there is a difference "I will be fine with all this oil, I will
That introduces another feature as well, the "th", "I will be fine with all this oil".
The "th" is usually removed from Irish speakers, especially with more casual speakers so that
you get more d's and t's instead. So have a listen to this.
"What do you think of this, what do you think of this?" That is "think" and "this". Our
next feature is the letter "r". Now for most Irish speakers the "r" is always pronounced.
So, instead of saying words like "park", we will have "paark", with a "err". It is right
at the front of the mouth, unless you are from Dublin where your right at the back of
your mouth. You are right at the front, "park" and "garden".
Right at the front like that. Now we move onto a "l" sound. Now, for British English
speakers we have two versions for the "l" sound.
We have one at the back of the mouth, like in "kettle", "bottle" and "pull", and one
at the front in "lovely", "lemon" and "limned". For an Irish speaker, they are all at the
front. In fact, it is quite helpful I like to think of the whole accent coming from the
front of the mouth.
This phrase might help, "a little bubble at the front of your mouth, a little bubble at
the front of your mouth". Finally, that introduces the "ou" sound in mouth. It becomes "ouw",
like if starting on a "ou", if you start on "ou", "ouw", "mouth".
So try "how now brown cow, brown cow" with an "our" in it. "How now brown cow, a little
bubble at the front of your mouth". Now we have not got time for more features today.
I am Gareth Jameson, thanks very much.