One of the nice things about the Irish language is that its spelling is very regular. However for non-Irish speakers some of the pronunciation rules can be confusing.

This is particularly true of some of the lengthened consonants which in the modern spelling are indicated by adding an “h”:

“th” and ”sh” (pronounced /h/)

“bh” and ”mh” (pronounced /w/ or /v/ depending on context)

dh” and ”gh” (pronounced /y/ or a /g/, /h/ mixture depending on context)

“fh” (silent)

I propose that we adopt a new spelling system that is more accessible to non-Irish speakers.

ConsonantLengthened, In Standard SpellingLengthened, In New SpellingExample
pphGaiṽ mo f̃ardún.
tthGo raiṽ maiĥ agat.
cchÓik̃e w̃aiĥ.
b (+aou)bha bho bhuŵa ŵo ŵuAn laŵarann tú …?
b (+ei)bhe bhiṽe ṽiSa ṽliain 2005 …
d (+aou)dha dho dhuĥa ĥo ĥuDia ĥuit.
d (+ei)dhe dhiŷe ŷirud a ŷéanfaí
g (+aou)gha gho ghuĥa ĥo ĥuCuireaĥ ĥá ~oclóir
g (+ei)ghe ghiỹe ỹik̃uir an taiỹde seo
m (+aou)mha mho mhuw̃a w̃o w̃uTá fáilte row̃at.
m (+ei)mhe mhiṽe ṽiteanga a ṽíniú
sshmíle bliain ó ĥin
ffh~K̃un treorak̃a a ~áil