Phrases

Gaelic Phrases (Common Expressions)

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This section contains 400 of the most used phrases in Gaelic. This should help you improve your speaking, reading and writing. Exploring the whole list will make it easier to start conversations and understand what was said to you. I divided this section into 4 pages, the first 100 are listed on this page, then the rest here: phrases 2, phrases 3, phrases 4. Each page contains 100 common expressions. Going through each 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.

Phrases Tips

To make sure you are more likely to remember each expression, try to first to read the sentence without hearing it, then click to hear how it is prnounced, then read it out loud 3 times while imagining yourself vividly talking to somone. Also try to practice what you memorized from time to time, to make it stick.

Here are the first 100 common phrases. You will find a lot of them are about greeting someone, introducing yourself or asking where someone is from ... etc. Basically, these are expressions which you might use when starting a conversation with someone you have just met.

Phrases in Gaelic

Phrases Gaelic
How are you? (informal)Ciamar a tha sibh?
How are you? (formal)Ciamar a tha thu?
What's up? (colloquial) Dè tha dol?
I'm fine, thank you!Tha mi gu math, tapadh leat/leibh!
Hi!Hallo!
Good morning!Madainn mhath!
Good afternoon!Feasgar math!
Good evening!Feasgar math!
And you? (informal)Agus sibh-fhèin?
And you? (formal)Agus thusa?
Goodmath
We speak two languagesTha dà chànan againn.
They speak four languagesTha ceithir cànain aca.
I visited one countryChuir mi turas do dùthaich.
She visited three countriesChuir i turas do trì dùthchannan.
She has one sisterTha piuthar aice.
He has two sistersTha dà phiuthar aige.
Welcome!Fàilte!
Do you like it here?An toil leat an-seo?
See you later!Bidh mi gad fhaicinn!/Bidh mi gur faicinn!
Thank you very much!Mòran taing!
I really like it!'S toil leam e gu mòr!
Happytoilichte
Sadbrònach
Thank you!Tapadh leat/leibh!
You're welcome! (in response to "thank you")'S e do bheatha!
Have a nice day!Latha math leat/leibh!
Good night!Oidhche mhath!
Have a good trip!Turas math agad/agaibh!
It was nice talking to you!Bha e math bruidhinn riut/ribh!
Am I right or wrong?A bheil mi ceart no ceàrr?
Is he younger or older than you?A bheil e nas òige no nas sine na thusa?
Is the test easy or difficult?A bheil an deuchainn furasta no doirbh?
Is this book new or old?An e leabhar ùr no aosta a th' ann an seo?
This is so expensiveTha seo ro daor.

More Sentences

English Gaelic
Languages
I don't speak KoreanChan eil Còireanais agam.
I love the Japanese language'S toil leam Seapanais.
I speak ItalianTha Eadailtis agam.
I want to learn SpanishTha mi ag iarraidh Spàinntis ionnsachadh.
My mother tongue is German'S e Gearmailtis a th' ann an cànan mo mhàthar.
Spanish is easy to learnTha Spàinntis furasta ri ionnsachadh.
Origins
He has a Moroccan rugTha ruga Moroccanach aige.
I have an American carTha càr Aimeireaganach agam.
I love French cheese'S toil leam càise Frangach.
I'm ItalianTha mi às an Eadailt.
My father is GreekTha m' athair às a' Ghreig.
My wife is KoreanTha a' bhean agam à Chòirea
Countries
Have you ever been to India?An robh thu riamh anns na h-Innseanan?
I came from SpainTha mi às an Spàinnt.
I live in AmericaTha mi a' fuireachd ann an Aimeireaga.
I want to go to GermanyTha mi ag iarradh dol dhan Ghearmailt.
I was born in ItalyRugadh mi anns an Eadailt.
Japan is a beautiful country'S e dùthaich àlainn a th' ann an Seapan.
Long time no see'S fhada bhon uairsin
I missed youBha mi gad ionndrainn.
What's new?Dè tha ùr?
Nothing newChan eil càil ùr.
Make yourself at home!Bi fridiombach.
Have a good tripTuras math agad.
Can I practice Italian with you?Am faod mi Eadailtis cleachdadh còmhla riut?
I speak French but with an accentTha Fraingis agam agus guth-ghleus agam cuideachd.
I was born in MiamiRugadh mi ann am Miami.
I'm from JapanTha mi à Seapan.
The letter is inside the bookTha an litir anns an leabhar.
The pen is under the deskTha am peann fon a' bhòrd.
Directions
Can I help you?Am faod mi gad chuideachadh?
Can you help me?Am faod thu gam chuideachadh?
Can you show me?Am faod thu gam shealladh?
Come with me!Thig còmhla rium!
Downtown (city center)
Excuse me! (to ask someone)Gabh mo leisgeul!
Go straightRach dìreach
How can I get to the museum? Càite a bheil an taigh-tasgaidh?
How long does it take to get there?Dè cho fada a tha e?
I'm lostTha mi air chall.
I'm not from hereChan eil mi às an-seo.
It's far from hereTha e fada bhon an-seo.
It's near hereTha e faisg air an-seo.
One moment please!Mionaid, mas e do toil leat!
Turn leftTionndaich gu taobh clì
Turn rightTionndaich gu taobh ceart

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Here are the rest of the Gaelic phrases: phrases 2, phrases 3, phrases 4. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Gaelic homepage.

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