Learn Northern Irish accent, Northern Irish accent resources, native speakers


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Step 1 - FREE TRIAL (Try Step 1 for free, then return to this syllable page using the page back on the top left) 

Find the placement or 'home' of the Northern Irish accent. Speak simultaneously with this short clip. Simply put on headphones so you can hear the speakers voice & not your own as you speak with the text. Note the jaw aperture, tension in the tongue and lips.

Male voice 


Female voice 

Your conclusion? The placement of the Northern Irish accent is a combination of having a certain amount of tension around the teeth where they border with the gums, as well as little movement in the lower jaw and and a point on tension in the mid-tongue area. You will find that to keep in pace with the native speaker the sounds and speech will feel 'penned in' to a certain area in the mouth. Factors to consider are: degree of nasality, tension in the tongue, as well as lip tension, jaw aperture and mobility. 

Step 2 -  Ear train with the phonetic sounds of Northern Irish. Test and record yourself 





All sounds 

Step 3 - Listen to Northern Irish monologues,  repeat, then put headphones on and talk simultaneously with the native speaker. Record yourself,  try to identify the sounds that you get wrong, and if the voice is correctly 'placed'

Monologue 1


Monologue 3


Monologue 5


Monologue 7


Monologue 2


Monologue 4


Monologue 6


Monologue 8

Step 4 - Detailed sound studies and word linking

4a - Linking words in Northern Irish

Linking 'r'


Linking consonants


Linking vowels

4b - Northern Irish Vowels & diphthongs

Vowels a / ar 


Vowels ee / i


Vowels u / o


Vowels u / oo

Vowels a / u / e 


Vowels o /our


Vowels ai / i


Vowels o /ear

Vowels ei/ e / a 


Vowels eer /are


Vowels our / ore


Vowels o /or

Vowels ou/ a 


Vowels oy /ore


Vowels ur /or


Vowels es /ers

4b - Northern Irish Consonants

Consonant l / l 


Consonant p/b /f/v


Consonant m / n


Consonant h

Consonant th/ t  


Consonant ch / s



Consonant w /v



Consonant y

Consonant r /l / t  


Consonant k /g



Consonant   l / th

Consonant   n / l

Step 5 -Test again with monologues, and if not satisfied, repeat above steps.