A few words of the native language is much appreciated by the locals no matter what country you’re in, so when in Ireland’s Gaeltacht areas, here are a few handy phrases to get you by…
Dia dhuit (jeeh – ah – gwit) Hello translates as ‘God be with you’
Dia is Muire dhuit (jeeh – ah- iss mwira gwit) Hello literally translates as ‘God and Mary be with you’
Conas atá tú? (cun – iss – a – taw – too) How are you?
Tá mé ceart go leor? (taw – mey- cart- guh- lower) I’m ok/fine.
Céad Míle Fáilte (cade – meela -fawl – che) A hundred thousand welcomes
Bail ó Dhia ort (ball – o – yeea – urt) The blessing of God be with you
Le do thoil (le – the – hull) Please
Go raibh maith agat (guh – rev- mah – agut) Thanks
Tá fáilte romhat (taw – fall-che – row -at) You are welcome
Sláinte (slawn – cha) Cheers/Good health
Slán (slawn) Goodbye
Slán abhaile (slawn ah -wall-ya) Safe home
Slán go fóill (slawn – guh – foh – ell) Bye for a while
Slán agus beannacht (slawn – auh-gus- ban-ockt) Goodbye and blessings with you
Go n-éirí an bóthar leat (guh niyree an bow-har latt) Have a safe trip literally translates as ‘May the road rise with you’
Hope this helps you brush up on your basic Irish phrases. If you want to learn more on the history of Irish and where it is still spoken in Ireland, then read our blog article on the Irish language.
Please feel free to add more Irish phrases to this list. We also welcome any questions, comments or even maybe some tips for learning Irish! Slán go foill!