An Cúpla Focal


Want to address the Global Gaeltacht, but don't know much Gaelic? Here are some phrases in Irish Gaelic (Gaeilge) which you can use like bubble wrap to soften the sharp edges of your English.

GREETINGS

A Chairde,
Dear Friends,
Jane, a chara,
Dear Jane,
Tom, a chara,
Dear Tom,
Dia duit!
Hi there! (to one person)
Dia daoibh!
Hi there! (to more than one person)

REQUEST

Scríobh chugam as Béarla, más é do thoil é.
Write to me in English, please. (to one person)
Scríobhaigí chugam as Gaeilge, más é bhur dtoil é.
Write to me in Irish, please. (to more than one person)
An féidir le héinne cuidiú liom?
Can anyone help me?

HUMILITY

Gabhaim pardún agaibh as an teachtaireacht seo i mBéarla.
My apologies to you for this message in English. (to more than one person)
Níl mórán Gaeilge agam.
I don't know much Irish.
Níl mé ach ag tosú ar an teanga a fhoghlaim.
I'm only beginning to learn the language.
Tuigim Gaeilge shimplí.
I understand simple Irish.

GRATITUDE

Go raibh maith agat!
Thank you! (to one person)
Go raibh míle maith agaibh as bhur gcúnamh!
Thank you very much for your help! (to more than one person)
Tá mé buíoch díot as do chúnamh.
I'm grateful to you for your help. (to one person)
Go méadaí Dia thú!
May God prosper you! (to one person, serious thanks)
Go mba seacht bhfearr a bheas tú bliain ó inniu!
May you be seven time better a year from today! (very serious thanks, to one person)
Tá fáilte romhat!
You're welcome! (to one person)

MISCELLANEOUS

Tá an ceart agat.
You're right.
Nár lagaí Dia thú!
More power to you!
Mo ghraidhin go deo thu!
Bravo! Good for you!
B'fhéidir go bhfuil an ceart agat.
Maybe you're right.
An dáiríre atá tú?
Are you serious?
Ababúna!
Good Heavens!

FAREWELL

Slán!
Bye!
Slán go fóill!
Bye for now!
Ádh mór!
Cheers!
Le buíochas,
With thanks,
Beir bua agus beannacht,
Best wishes,
2009-08-03 CPD