Originally Posted by P. Breathnach
I should have written "Some native Irish speakers".
But I won't give you a free pass unless I hear you speak English, because underlying the point I was making is that many Irish speakers use Irish phonics because their ear does not discriminate between some English-language phonic values and Irish-language phonic values. Éist leat féin: say "house"; say "houses"; does the "s" in "house" sound the same in both?
[Your use of English also reflects Irish: "way back the islands".]
How condescending. I do not have an accent stereotypically representative of my area. If anything, it's more of a neutral one. Listen to Síle and Gráinne Seoige speak English, it's the normal neutral accent of the country. Both are from the Gaeltacht and can speak perfect Irish yet their English is unaffected by it, like my own.
All of my friends from where I'm from speak this way. It's only when you go back further than Carraroe that the heavy dialect usually sets in-but not always.
I have to laugh because your surname is written in Irish yet you will never be able to pronounce the language as well as a native Irish speaker but I would be able to speak english as well as you.
And no, I say "house" and "houz
es". How low is your opinion of people from the Gaeltacht anyway? I'd love to know where you're from.