Hi Devon! Thanks for writing back! I've never been to Ireland and am not personally familiar with the pronunciation of words there. Is the ch sound in Micheal like the ch sound in German? In German, there are two -ch sounds... The one following the letter -i is a bit softer than following -a, which is a bit harsher and the sound is made more in the back of your throat then. But the ch in Michael is more like an h sound like what you were describing. Are you familiar with German pronunciation? I speak German pretty much fluently and have good pronunciation, so if the ch in Micheal is like the ch in Michael, I've got it down! LOL and like you said, I wouldn't expect people to get it right... A lot of times people want me to teach them how to say something in German, and I can rarely get them to pronounce it right!