>>No, things aren't quite *that* bad! Irish, Manx and Scots Gaelic all
have what are called palatal consonants, as does Russian and I'm sure
some other Slavic languages two. I'll give an example. In my dialect of
Irish, a unpalatalised d is /d[/ (dental voiced stop) whereas the
palatalised version is /dZ/, the first letter in the word `jam'. None
of the other consonants are all that hard either, and take it from me,
it's not as bad as it seems.<<

Hehe.... that's good. :)

>>In fact, the only reason why Gaelic looks so daunting is that the latin
alphabet is so ill-adept to handling it - Cyrillic does a much better job.

I don't really like the looks of the Cyrillic alphabet. It drives me nuts,
cause it looks a lot like the Latin alphabet in some ways, but then some
ways it doesn't. And I'm sure it's hard to read when your first language
is English... Actually, I write to someone that's from Ukraine but now
lives in Canada, and she now says that she gets a headache when she tries
to read Russian because she confuses the letters with Latin ones.
At any rate, I like the spelling of Irish. It may be illogical and
ill-fitting, but it's quite aesthetically pleasing, in my opinion.

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