Gaelic Lesson 6 (Numbers and School)

Duration: 30 mins

Lessons Gaelic Lessons
Linguistic Gaelic Vocabulary
Culture Gaelic Phrases
Structure Gaelic Grammar

The 6th lesson teaches counting in cardinal and ordinal numbers in Gaelic. I also included a vocabulary list about school and finally common daily 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.


Knowing how to count in Gaelic is essential and should be one of first things to learn. By simply knowing numbers from 1 to 9 you could express large numbers in a simplified way. Cardinal numbers are for counting such as "1, 2, 3 ...". Ordinal numbers represent order or rank such as "1st, 2nd, 3rd ...".

Below is a list of the first 20 cardinal and ordinal numbers that 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.

Numbers in Gaelic

Numbers Gaelic
Firsta' chiad
Thirdan treasamh
Fourthan ceathramh
Fifthan còigeamh
Sixthan siathamh
Seventhan seachdamh
Eighthan ochdamh
Ninthan naoigeamh
Tenthan deicheamh
Elevenaon deug
Eleventhan aonamh deug
Twelvedà dheug
Twelfthan dàrna deug
Thirteentrì deug
Thirteenthan treasamh deug
Fourteenceithir deug
Fourteenthan ceathramh deug
Fifteencòig deug
Fifteenthan còigeamh deug
Sixteensia deug
Sixteenthan siathamh deug
Seventeenseachd deug
Seventeenthan seachdamh deug
Eighteenochd deug
Eighteenthan ochdamh deug
Nineteennaoi deug
Nineteenthan naoigeamh deug
Twentiethan ficheadamh
Thirty three (31)trì air trichead; trichead 's a trì
One hundred (100)ceud
Three hundred and sixty (360)trì ceud agus trì fichead
One thousand (1000)mìle
Two thousand and fourteen (2014)dà mhìle 's a ceithir deug
One millionmillean
Onceaon uair
Twicedà uair

Now we will try to implement some of the numbers above into full Gaelic sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Gaelic Numbers in a Sentence

Numbers Gaelic
I'm 30 years oldTha mi trichead bliadhna a dh' aois.
I have 2 sisters and 1 brotherTha dà phiuthar agus bràthair agam.
English is my first language'S e Beurla a th' anns a' chiad cànan agam.
Her second language is Spanish'S e Spàinntis a th' anns an dàrna cànan aice.


If you have any questions, please contact me using the Gaelic contact form on the header above.

Vocabulary List about School

Below is a list of 26 words related to school and classrooms. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able communicate to a teacher/students many objects in your class.

School Words in Gaelic

School Gaelic
Notebook (paper notebook)leabhar-nòtaichean


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Daily Conversation in Gaelic

Finally, a couple bonus sentences that you might find useful. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Gaelic Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Gaelic

English Gaelic
I have a questionTha cèist agam.
To listenèist
To readleugh
To speakbruidhinn
To thinksmaoin
To understandtuig
To writesgrìob
What's the name of that book?Dè an t-ainm a tha air an leabhar sin?
What do you do for a living?Dè tha thu a' dèanamh airson obair?
I'm a (teacher / artist / engineer)'S e (tìdsear/dealbhadair/innleadair) a th' annam.
Oh! That's good!Tha sin math.
Can I practice with you?Am faod mi cleachdadh còmhla riut?

Fun Facts

Language Quote: Approximately one new word is added to the English language every two hours and around 4,000 new words are added to the English dictionary every year.

Congratulations! You finished your 6th lesson in Gaelic about numbers, and school terms. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Gaelic Lesson 7. 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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