Past Tense

Gaelic Lesson 14 (Past Tense & Colors)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in Gaelic. In addition I included a vocabulary list about colors, as well as some basic 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.


The past is one of the 3 tenses (present, past, 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 past 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.

Past Tense in Gaelic

Past Gaelic
I saw youChunnaic mi thu.
I wrote with a penSgrìobh mi le peann.
You loved applesBu toil leat ùbhlan.
You gave moneyThug thu airgead.
You played tennisChluich thu teanais.
He read (past tense) a bookLeugh e leabhar.
He understood meThuig e mi.
She had a catBha cat aice.
She knew my friendBha i eòlach air a' charaid agam.
We wanted to learnDh'iarr sinn a dh'ionnsachadh.
We thought Spanish is easySmaoin sinn gu bheil Spàinntis furasta.
You (plural) worked hereDh'obraich sibh an-seo.
You (plural) spoke FrenchBha Fraingis agaibh.
They drove a carDhràibh iad càr.
They smiledRinn iad fiamh-ghàire.


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List of Colors in Gaelic

Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.

Colors in Gaelic

Colors Gaelic
Dark colordorcha
Light colorsoilleir
Reddearg; ruadh
Whitegeal; bàn


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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

English Gaelic
Black is his favorite color'S e dubh an dath as fheàrr leis.
I have black hairTha falt dubh orm.
Red is not his favorite colorChan e dearg an dath as fheàrr leis.
She drives a yellow carBidh i a' dràibheadh càr buidhe.
The sky is blueTha an speur gorm.
Your cat is whiteTha an cat agad bàn.
I enjoyed myself very muchChòrd e rium gu mòr.
I agree with youTha mi a' dol leat.
Are you sure?A bheil thu cinnteach?
Be careful!Bi cùramach!
Would you like to go for a walk?Am bu toil leat dol air siubhail?

Fun Facts

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

Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in Gaelic about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Gaelic Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Gaelic homepage.

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Culture Gaelic Phrases
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