I’ve been searching for a video of authentic Manx. So far, everything I’ve heard does not sound authentic. I was expecting Manx speakers to sound more like the Welsh or the western Irish. All speakers I’ve heard have heavy English accents. What is authentic Manx supposed to sound like?
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There are many Manx Gaelic clips on the
Manx Radio website, and the station regularly broadcasts in the language.
there are three main languages used on the Isle of man:
*Manx, a Gaelic language.
*Anglo-Manx, the distinctive indigenous English dialect of the Manx, now little used.
*British English, the usual form of English used in the Isle of Man, especially for formal purposes.
Any of these are “authentic”, but the one you seem to be seeking, Anglo-Manx, is doesn’t seem to be used much any more.
This is a comedy clip, but it gives a good flavour of what the Manx accent in English sounds like. Some Manx in it, but only a little.
The spoken Manx language sounds very like Irish. Manx people speak English with an accent similar to the accents of north-west England (Merseyside/Lancashire).
As far as I can tell, they just go “meow” like any other breed of cat.
I’m probably the only one who first thought of a fiberglass dune buggy body.
Sadly, that was my first thought also. My second was the breed of cat.
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