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« Reply #15 on: November 26, 2008, 09:09AM »

GAH. My younger sibling can say it perfectly. I just sorta....jumble. Tongue Nice to see others who do the same. Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2009, 08:29PM »

 I know this is an old thread, but I have been searching and wondering, how exactly do you pronounce Meav's last name? If anyone could post a rough phonetic I would greatly appreciate it.
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« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2009, 08:59PM »

This is as close as I can get it...."Mayve Knee Whale-ca-ha".  Hope this helps!
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« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2009, 10:00PM »

Thank you very much. I had no Idea how to pronounce it. Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2009, 03:00AM »

This is as close as I can get it...."Mayve Knee Whale-ca-ha".  Hope this helps!
Woohooo!!! That's nearly the same my Sister and me found out when we watched an Interview (youtube) where she introduced herself...! We had to listen to it about 20 times to try to find out the "nearly" right pronouncing. It was soooo funny!!!
Thank you Kelli!
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« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2009, 05:47AM »

To go along with Kelli's phonetic of Meav's name, you can also hear Meav pronounce her name in this video.   


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIC5UQElj_E
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« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2009, 01:00PM »

Thanks, I don't know how I missed that interview I thought I had seen all of them.
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« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2009, 03:36AM »

This is how I pronounce it to my friends: whale-ka-haa. It's easier for me to say it than spell it!
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« Reply #23 on: February 19, 2009, 08:51AM »

Interesting Cheesy For me it's easier to type it, I mean I can pronounce it as well, but typing somehow is easier Wink

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« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2009, 12:57PM »

Kelli,

Thanks for the phonetic spelling of Méav's name.  I keep forgetting the right way to say it.   I go back every now and then to her Helix DVD interview, but I'm not listening well enough to write it down.  This will help me to remember it right, because it's simpler and shorter...

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« Reply #25 on: March 15, 2009, 07:10PM »

Nothing is ever said in Gaelic the way it looks.  Cheesy I was wondering how to pronounce her last name myself.  I'm not going to try it anytime soon. lol I know how it feels to have my last name butchered. :p
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« Reply #26 on: April 09, 2009, 11:11PM »

Actually I guessed the pronounciation right - her last name also. I want to learn other languages, so I first bought a Gaelic "how-to" book at a United Scottish Society Highlands gathering, then learned there's a difference between Scottish & Irish Gaelic, so I got the Irish book the next year. Starting to read & practice the phonics at home - by the time I was aware of Celtic Woman, I was able to think phonically through her whole name. I later heard it pronounced during one of PBS's Celtic Woman concerts, & was thrilled to find out I'd figured it out right !!
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« Reply #27 on: April 09, 2009, 11:33PM »

To Isle of Hope -  the closest I can figure to say Maeve's last name  (phonetically) is: "Nee-vol-cah-hah". The "Ni" & "Mhaolchatha" are run together when said. Mh is pronounced "v", th is "h", a is "aw" depending whether long or short vowel in word placement (yes, it gets technical & tricky - I have to read some things two, three or more times over to understand what it's saying) - ao is usually "aow" sound, but some vowels can override others right next to it when grouped together, such as ae, au, ue, etc. Hopefully, that will help you.

I had to drop the book because of other commitments (last year), but I will get back to it eventually. Maeve's fluency in Gaelic is inspiration to me to keep trying - I do want to become fluent in quite a number of foreign languages (& even dialects of those languages in the future).
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« Reply #28 on: April 10, 2009, 12:31PM »

i'm not irish by any means but i made it a point to research the proper irish pronunciation of her name. I hate when people mispronounce my name (you'd be surprised how many people put a "y" in Sara, thus transforming my name to 'say-ruh') i just think it is respectful to say someone's name the way it should be said. It took me several days of practicing before i grasped the crazy pronunciation but i was proud of myself when i accomplished it.
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« Reply #29 on: May 09, 2009, 03:22PM »

well more power to all of you, im afraid i might hurt my self if i try saying it lol so ill leave it to the experts.
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