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Ronda Rousey pronounces Irish names

American sports star Ronda Rousey proved she was game for a laugh a she took time out to attempt to pronounce some popular Irish names.

Many of Ireland’s traditional names are notoriously difficult for people in English speaking countries to understand as the Irish alphabet does not always correlate with the English alphabet, meaning certain letters are pronounced very differently to how non-Irish speakers expect.

One Irish name that is becoming more recognisable is Saoirse, thanks to Oscar nominated star Saoirse Ronan.

Ronda Rousey - American sports star attempts to pronounce traditional Irish names

Although, even she has had to explain how to say her name – and others – in interviews with Ellen DeGeneres and Stephen Colbert.

In this video for joe.ie MMA superstar Rousey attempts to pronounce several Irish names, including Saoirse.

Rousey was given the following list of names – Caoimhe, Ruaidhri, Darragh, Saoirse, Tadhg, Eoghan, Aoife, Niamh, Aisling and Fionn.

Unfortunately, it would seem that she has spent so much time in the gym that she has been unable to get to the cinema, as Saoirse was one of several names she failed to pronounce correctly.

Do you think you would do better that Ronda if you were asked to pronounce the names on that list? Take a look below the video for a guide on how to pronounce the Irish names

Take a look at the video below. Warning strong language.

phonetic spelling of Irish names

Caoimhe = Quee-va (or sometimes Keeva)
Ruaidhri= Rua-ree
Darragh = Darr-ah (or sometimes Dera)
Saoirse = Ser-sha
Tadhg = Tie-g (like tiger minus the ‘r’)
Eoghan = O-en
Aoife = E-fa
Niamh = Nee-ev
Aisling = Ash-lin (or sometimes Ash-leen)
Fionn = Fee-un


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  1. Geraldine Callaghan

    I think I pronounced all but the 1st. one correctly. It would be very helpful, if someone would help us with the correct pronunciation, and the English version. They are all beautiful and interesting. Thank You.☘

  2. Scott Gordon

    My Grandfather’s name was Murtaugh but in 1914 they changed it( US ARMY) to miller!

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