Hubby speaks enough German to get by (it seems all Hungarians do) but I'm cr*p at it! From what I know of it, (okay, I'm sitting here saying 'ich' to myself over and over ROFL) the sound in Irish is even softer - the tongue is floppier - you really get more of a hy- sound which in parts of Ireland is more -h- breathing without even the definition of -hy-. It's one of those things that you hear (first time best as I did, in a pub, in Dublin, half drunk) and think 'oh that's lovely!' but then become obsessed with listening for. After much analysis (most of it done over Bailey's with my friend Fiona...we invented Bailey's milkshakes during our 'research') I decided that it was best left to the Irish (and that Fiona had lived out of Ireland too long to do it justice anymore LOL)
Do you do Yiddish/Hebrew at all? They have that -hy- sound too, though a bit sharper version. But if you've heard a rabbi say 'Chaim' then you've heard something rather closer then what I'm getting from 'ich'.
And now I'm thirsty..... ;o)
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