Present Tense

Gaelic Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Gaelic. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. 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.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. 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.

Present Tense in Gaelic

Present Gaelic
I see youTha mi gad fhaicinn.
I write with a penTha mi a' sgrìobhadh le peann.
You love apples'S toil leat ùbhlan.
You give moneyTha thu a' toirt airgead.
You play tennisTha thu a' cluich teanais.
He reads a bookTha e a' leughadh leabhar.
He understands meTha e gam thuigsinn.
She has a catTha cat aice.
She knows my friendTha i eòlach air a' charaid agam.
We want to learnTha sinn ag iarraidh ionnsachadh.
We think Spanish is easyTha sinn a' smaointinn gu bheil Spàinntis furasta.
You (plural) work hereTha sibh ag obair an-seo.
You (plural) speak FrenchTha Fraingis agaibh.
They drive a carTha iad a' dràibheadh càr.
They smileTha iad a' dèanamh fiamh-ghàire.


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Gaelic

Asthmaa' chuing-analach
Headacheceann goirt
Heart attack
Help meCuidich mi
Stomach achestamag goirt


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Daily Conversation in Gaelic

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Gaelic Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Gaelic

Are you okay?A bheil thu ceart gu leòr?
Call a doctor!Cuir fòn gu dotair!
Call the ambulance!Cuir fòn gu carbad-eiridinn!
Call the police!Cuir fòn gus a' phoileas!
Calm down!Bi ciùin!
I feel sickTha mi a' faireachdainn tinn.
It hurts hereTha e goirt an-seo
It's urgent!Tha e cabhagach!
Where is the closest pharmacy?Càite a bheil am bùth-cungaidhean as dlùithe?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)'S ann bòidheach a tha thu-fhèin!
You have a beautiful name'S e ainm àlainn a th' ort.
This is my wifeSeo a' bhean agam.
This is my husbandSeo an duine agam.

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞ ‒Charlemagne

Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Gaelic about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Gaelic Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Gaelic homepage.

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