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An Irish photographer tested a British model on Irish names, and it went as well as you'd expect

‘Where’s the ‘v’? Where’s the ‘v’?’

As someone who is generally referred to as ’Nee-am-huh’ outside of Ireland, I can confirm that having an Irish name poses some linguistic challenges when abroad.

So, fair play to British model, Jena Goldsack, who actually nailed its pronunciation when presented with the challenge by Irish photographer, Aaron Hurley.

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Gráinne, Sadbh, and Muireann; you lot weren’t so lucky.

Oh, and Doireann, Tadhg, and Aisling; you guys didn’t stand a chance.

In a video which was uploaded to Twitter this evening, Jena can be seen trying (and failing) to pronounce a whole host of Irish names, but Jesus, she gave it her best shot.

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We had a few deep breaths in preparation, considerable confusion at various points in the footage, and the standard outrage over how in the name of Christ ‘bh’ could ever produce a ‘v’ sound.

How do you say it? Where’s the ‘v’? Where’s the ‘v’?

Naturally, after learning that ‘bh’ sounds like ‘v’, the name ‘Caoimhe’ threw a serious spanner in the works.

Jena, we’ll let you take it from here.

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