Useful Irish (Gaelic) phrases

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Useful Irish phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Irish, a celtic language spoken in Ireland.

Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person), Mun = Munster Irish, Con = Connacht Irish, Ul = Ulster Irish.

tú / agat / leat / ort / duit are used for one person
sibh / agaibh / libh / oraibh / daoibh are used more than one person

Click on the English phrases to see them in many other languages.

English Gaeilge (Irish)
Welcome Fáilte
Tá fáilte romhat (sg)
Tá fáilte romhaibh (pl)
Fáilte romhat isteach!
Céad míle fáilte (hundred thousand welcomes)
Hello Dia dhuit (sg)
Dia dhaoibh (pl)
Dia is Muire dhuit (sg) - reply
Dia is Muire dhaoibh (pl) - reply
How are you? Conas atá tú (Mun)
Cén chaoi a bhfuil tú (Con)
Cad é mar atá tú (Ul)
Conas atá cúrsaí leat?
An bhfuil aon scéal agat?
An bhfuil tú go maith?
Fine thanks, and you? Tá mé go maith, go raibh maith agat, agus tú fein? (sg)
Tá mé go maith, go raibh maith agaibh, agus sibh fein? (pl)
Long time no see Ní fhaca mé le fada thú (sg)
Ní fhaca mé le fada sibh (pl)
What's your name? Cén t-ainm atá ort? (sg)
Cén t-ainm atá oraibh? (pl)
Cad is ainm duit? (sg)
Cad is ainm daoibh? (pl)
C'ainm atá ort? (sg)
C'ainm atá oraibh? (pl) - Ul
My name is ... Is mise ...
Mise ...
... is ainm dom
Where are you from? Cá as duit? (Mun)
Cárb as duit? (Ul)
Cé as thú? (Con)
I'm from ... Is as ... dom
Is as ... mé
Pleased to meet you Tá áthas orm buaileadh leat (sg)
Tá áthas orm buaileadh libh (pl)
Good morning Dia dhuit ar maidin (sg)
Dia dhaoibh ar maidin (pl)
Maidin mhaith
Good afternoon Tráthnóna maith duit (sg)
Tráthnóna maith daoibh (pl)
Good evening Tráthnóna maith duit (sg)
Tráthnóna maith daoibh (pl)
Good night Oíche mhaith
Oíche mhaith agus codladh sámh (Good night and sleep well)
Goodbye Slán
Slán go fóill
Good luck Go n-éirí an t-ádh leat!
Ádh mór ort!
Go n-éirí an bóthar leat!
Cheers/Good health! Sláinte! (Health)
Sláinte mhaith! (Good health)
Sláinte agus táinte! (Health and wealth)
Sláinte chuig na fir, agus go mairfidh na mná go deo!
(Health to the men and may the women live forever)
Croí folláin agus gob fliuch!
(A healthy heart and a wet mouth)
Fad saol agat, gob fliuch, agus bás in Éirinn!
(Long life to you, a wet mouth, and death in Ireland)
Bon voyage Go dté tú slán (May you go safely)
Slán abhaile (Safe home)
I understand Tuigim
I don't understand Ní thuigim
Cha dtuigim (Ul)
Please speak more slowly An miste leat labhairt níos moille?
An bhféadfá labhairt níos moille, le do thoil?
Please write it down An féidir leat é sin a scríobh síos dom?
An scríobhfaidh tú é sin síos dom?
Do you speak English? An bhfuil Béarla agat? (sg)
An bhfuil Béarla agaibh? (pl)
Do you speak Irish? An bhfuil Gaeilge agat? (sg)
An bhfuil Gaeilge agaibh? (pl)
Yes, a little Tá, beagán
Tá, cúpla focal
Speak to me in Irish Labhair Gaeilge liom
How do you say ... in Irish? Cad í an Ghaeilge ar ...?
Excuse me Gabh mo leithscéal
How much is this? Cá mhéad atá seo?
Cá mhéad?
Sorry Gabh mo leithscéal!
Tá brón orm!
Thank you Go raibh maith agat (sg)
Go raibh maith agaibh (pl)
Go raibh míle maith agat (sg)
Go raibh míle maith agaibh (pl)
Gura míle (inf)
You're welcome ’Sé do bheatha
Ná habair é
Tá fáilte romhat
Where's the toilet? Cá bhfuil an leithreas?
This gentleman will pay for everything Íocfaidh an fear seo as gach rud
This lady will pay for everything Íocfaidh an bhean seo as gach rud
Would you like to dance with me? Ar mhaith leat damhsa liom?
I miss you Crónaím thú
Airím uaim thú
Is fada liom uaim thú
I love you Gráím thú (I love you)
Tugaim cion duit (I give you affection)
Tá cion agam ort (I have affection for you)
Tá mé ceanúil ort (I have affection for you)
Tá grá agam duit (I have love for you)
Táim i ngrá leat (I'm in love with you)
Tá mo chroí istigh ionat (My heart is within you)
Adhraím thú (I adore you)
Get well soon Go raibh biseach ort gan mhoill!
Go away! Lig dom
Leave me alone! Fág i m'éinear mé!
Help! Tarrtháil!
Fire! Tine!
Stop! Stad!
Call the police! Glaoigh ar na gardaí!
Cuir fios ar na gardaí!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Nollaig shona duit (sg) / Nollaig shona daoibh (pl) (Happy Christmas to you)
Beannachtaí na Nollag (Christmas Greetings)
Beannachtaí an tSéasúir (Season's Greetings)
Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit (Prosperous New Year)
Bliain úr faoi shéan is faoi mhaise duit (Happy New Year to you)
Happy Easter Cáisc Shona duit
(sg)
Cáisc Shona daoibh (pl)
Beannachtaí na Cásca
Happy Birthday Breithlá shona duit
Lá breithe shona duit
One language is never enough Ní leor teanga amháin
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Tá m'árthach foluaineach lán d'eascanna

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http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~irelandlist/phrases.html
http://www.learn-irish-language-software.com/phrases/FSIrish.htm

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