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Common Gaelic Phrases

HELLO

A Chairde Dear Friends

Jane, a chara, Dear Jane

Dia duit! Hi there!

Dia daoibh! Hi there! [plural]

Cead Mile Failte A hundred thousand welcomes!

GOODBYE

Slan! Bye

Slan go foill! Bye for now

Adh mor! Cheers!

Beir bua agus beannacht, Best wishes,

WORDS OF GRATITUDE

Go raibh maith agat! Thank You! [singular]

Go raibh mile maith agaibh as bhur gcunamh! Thank you very much for your help! [plural]

Ta' me' buioch diot as do chunamh. I'm grateful to you for your help. [singular]

Go meadai Dia thu! May God make you prosperous! [singular]

Ta' failte romhat! You're welcome! [singular]

Mol an oige agus tiofaidh si. Praise the young and they will come.

EVERYDAY WORDS AND PHRASES

Ta an ceart agat. You're right.

Eist moran agus can beagan. Hear much say little.

Nar lagai Dia thu! More power to you!

Mo ghraidhin go deo thu! Bravo! Good for you!

B'fheidir go bhfuil an ceart agat. Maybe you're right.

An dairire ata tu? Are you serious?

Is minic a gheibhean beal oscailt diog dunta! An open mouth often catches a closed fist !

An feidir le heinne cuidiu liom? Can anyone help me?

Tuigim Gaeilge shimpli. I understand simple Irish.

Nil moran Gaeilge agam. I don't know much Irish.

Nil me' ach ag tosu' ar an teanga a fhoghlaim. I'm only beginning to learn the language.

De reir a cheile a thogtar na caisleain. It takes time to build castles.

Is goire cabhair De na an doras. God's help is nearer than the door.

Gra, Love

Mo chroi, My heart

Cairde, friends

Pog, Kiss

Anam chara, Soulmate

Mo chuisle, My darling:

Graim thu, I love you

An bposfaidh tu me?, Will you marry me?

Cronaim thu, I miss you

Ta tu go h-alainnh, You’re beautiful