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profile member asked on May 16, 2010

Irish Greetings

I would love to learn a few words in Irish to use in Gaeltacht areas. I have a book on Irish place names and have learned a little from that. And I know how to say Slainte. But I know little else and when I know the word, I worry about correct pronunciaton. Might you tell me a few phrases such as "hello," "please," "thank you" "pardon me" and "where is.." along with some type of pronunciation guide (this is the hard part, I think). Thank you so much.


3 Answers

answered on 5/16/10 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Your desire is very admirable, although Irish Gaelic is not an easy language.

You may find these sites helpful for pronunciation:

This page has everyday phrases:

and this one has phonetic pronunciation as well:

You might also find this video Irish language link useful:

answered on 5/16/10 by
a VT member

Go raibh míle maith agat!

I'll do my best to use some of these phrases when I'm on Inis Mor.

answered on 5/26/10 by
a VT member from County Galway

Hello: Dia dhuit (Deea-guitch), the reply to this is Dia is Mhuire dhuit (Deea iss Wuirra guitch). The exchange is literally: "God be with you", and "God and Mary be with you".
Please: Más é do thoil é (mawss eh tho hell eh). Literally "if it be your will".
Thank you: Go raibh maith agat (gurra mah aguth). Literally, "that good was with you".
Pardon me: Gabh mo leithscéal (gomo leisch-kayl). Literally, "take my excuse".
Where is: Cá bhfuil...? (caw will?).....literally, where is (that's a straightforward one finally!).

Bain taitneamh as (enjoy!!)

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