Learning an accent can come in handy for many different occasions. Master the Irish accent, bewilder your coworkers and friends with your emerald flair, and put some of those Hollywood stars to shame. This should sound like a typical Dublin accent if you are doing it right.
Method 1 of 3: Sounding out Vowels and Consonants
Soften your vowels. Many people, especially Americans, tend to harden their vowels. For example, Americans pronounce the letter A, “ay”; those with an Irish accent would pronounce it “ah” or “aw.” Be very conscious of this in every word, but especially those vowels that come in the middle.
- The standard, “How are you?” should be pronounced, “Ha-ware-ya?” The “au” (in “how”) and “oo” (in “you”) of the Generalized American accent are not differentiated between.
- The sound in “night,” “like,” and “I,” is pronounced similar to “oi,” as in “oil.” Think of “Ireland” as “Oireland.”
- While very similar to “oi,” it’s not the exact same. Turn the ‘o’ into more of a schwa. The diphthong does not exist in American English and is similar to a compounded, “Uhh, I…”
- The schwa sound (the sound of a caveman grunt), as in “strut,” varies from dialect to dialect. In the Local accent, the vowel sounds more like “foot,” and in the New Dublin accent (popular among youth), it sounds more like “bit.”
- The epsilon (as in “end”) is pronounced like the vowel in “ash.” “Any” becomes “Annie.”
- There are many different Irish dialects with numerous slight variations. Certain rules may not apply to certain dialects.