Irish Words - Irish Gaelic Sayings with Audio

The Irish language is indeed a living language, while it is far from the most dominant language in Ireland. However, as you travel through Ireland, you'll see Irish words almost everywhere, indicating the language's underlying influence. You'll see Irish written on road signs, which might be the most notable place. But you'll also see an Irish word here and there, in pubs, shop names, B&B names, and indeed the orignal version of placenames.

So, here we give you a very first taster of words in the Irish language. Enjoy the audio!

Kiss my ass!

Munster Póg mo thóin! /pogue muh ho-in/
Ulster Póg mo thóin! /pogue muh ho-in/
Connacht Póg mo thóin! /pogue muh ho-in/

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This phrase has appeared here before, but I received two complaints about is being a bit offensive. Finally I decided that I do appreciate any comment about this site, but in my mind this isn't too offensive to be included.

beautiful

Munster álainn /aw-lin/
Connacht álainn /aw-lin/

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cheers

Munster sláinte /sloynta/
Ulster Sláinte /slaan-cheh/
Connacht sláinte /sloyn-tche/

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Literally "health"

My trousers are on fire!

Munster Tá mo bhríste trí thine! /thaw muh vreesh-tah tree hin-ah/
Ulster Tá mo bhríste trí thine! /taw muh vrishta tree hin-ya/
Connacht Tá mo bhríste trí thine! /thaw muh vreesh-tah tree hin-ah/

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Weird as this may sound, it was suggested by a visitor to this site.

You have found quite a unique web site, if we may say so! No other site will allow you to easily listen to all three dialects of the Irish language side-by-side. It's an excellent way to get to know the sounds of the language, at your own pace. Or you can just impress your friends by learning off your favorite phrases.

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Thank you
Go raibh maith agat

dialect
canúint

crazy
glan as a mheabhair

Shut your gob
Dún do chlab

dream
brionglóid

What's that?
Cad é sin?

sight
radharc

I understand
tuigim

Sincerely
Is mise, le meas

shut your mouth
dún do bheal

and
agus

To hell with you!
Go hIfreann leat!

Irish language / Gaelic
Gaeilge

peace
síochán

I'm sorry
Tá brón orm

happy
sásta

friendship
cairdeas

That's it
sin é

Open the door
Oscail an doras

unite
aontaigh

yes
is ea

The big race
An rás mór

no
ní h-ea

I don't know
Níl fhios agam

maybe
b'fhéidir

red-haired
rua

Is that it? Is that the case?
An ea?

prayer
paidir

dark
dorcha

old
sean

bald
maol

connection, bond
ceangal

sweet (tasting)
milis

war
cogadh

problem
fadhb

anger
fearg

festival, celevration
féile

bright (light)
geal

middle-aged
mean-aosta

crooked, dishonest
cam

battle
cath

window
fuinneog

rough
garbh

on
ar

under
faoi

long
fada

new
nua

feat, achievment
gaisce

fresh
úr

thick
tiubh

hunger
ocras

near
cóngrach

ring
fáinne

thirst
tart

bare
lom

beside
in aice

envy
éad

short
gearr

clock
clog

relief, reprieve
faoiseamh

pocket
póca

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