Gaelic Lesson 12 (Verbs and Time)

Duration: 30 mins

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Linguistic Gaelic Vocabulary
Culture Gaelic Phrases
Structure Gaelic Grammar

This is the 12th lesson about Gaelic verbs, as well as time expressions such as hours, days, and months. Finally some simple common phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Gaelic Classes.


Before we move on to lessons about the present, past, and future, we need to discuss verbs in general. The verb is the second most used part of speech after the noun. That means we need to pay more attention to its different forms and tenses.

Below is a list of 16 verbs that you might come across or use very often. They are in their raw format (not conjugated yet). The table contains 3 columns (English, Gaelic, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Verbs List in Gaelic

Verbs Gaelic
To drivedràibh
To finddràibh
To givethoir
To have
To know
To learnionnsaich
To lovegràdhaich
To playcluich
To readleugh
To seefaic
To smile
To speakbruidhinn
To thinksmaoin
To understandtuig
To workobraich
To writesgrìobh

Here is an example of the verb "to understand" conjugated into the past, present, and future.

Verb "to understand" in a Sentence

He understands meTha e gam thuigsinn.
He understood meThuig e mi.
He will understand meThuigidh e mi.


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Vocabulary List about Time

Below is a list of 30 words related to time such as hours, days and months. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to discuss time related topics more easily.

Time in Gaelic

Time Gaelic
SundayDidòmnaich; Latha na Sàbaid
JanuaryAm Faoilleach
FebruaryAn Gearran
MarchAm Màrt
AprilAn Giblean
MayAn Cèitean
JuneAn t-Òg-Mhìos
JulyAn t-Iuchar
SeptemberAn t-Sultain
OctoberAn Dàmhair
NovemberAn t-Samhain
DecemberAn Dùbhlachd
Secondan dàrna


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Daily Conversation in Gaelic

Finally, here are some popular phrases you might need to use daily. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Gaelic Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Gaelic

English Gaelic
I was born in JulyRugadh mi anns an Iuchair.
I will visit you in AugustCuiridh mi cèilidh riud anns an Lùnastal.
See you tomorrow!Chì mi a-màireach thu!
Today is Monday'S e Diluain a tha an-diugh.
Winter is very cold hereTha an geamhradh glè fhuar an-seo.
Yesterday was SundayB'e Didòmhnaich a bha an-dè.
Are you married?A bheil thu pòsta?
I'm single
Would you marry me?Am pòiseadh tu mi?
Can I have your phone number?Am faod mi an àireamh fòn agad fhaighinn?
Can I have your email?Am faod mi am post-d agad fhaighinn?

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 12th lesson in Gaelic about verbs, and time. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Gaelic Lesson 13. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Gaelic homepage.

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