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Nice to see more French members. Currently the french forum is dormant, we had a few french staff members over the years, but none stuck around and I kept the forum up in case there is more interest in the future. 

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In Irish we lengthen vowels with a 'siniu fada' (same as the French accent acute). Leaving it off can change the meaning of a word 'sean = old', Seán = John' (that's actually pronounced shaann and not 'shawn'), 'séan = deny' (oh and Éire means 'Ireland' but eire means a heavy weight) LOL

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Wow! You learn something new every day. I have stamps from Éire and knew that it meant Ireland (I used to collect stamps eons ago) but never knew about the accents and their effect on the pronounciations... very interesting. Would the correct pronounciation for Éire be a long "e" as in English ("ee" as in 'three') or a short one ("e" as in 'correct')? Yeah, I'm very curious by nature... :)

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