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Gaelic vocabulary

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Although English is now the dominant language in Ireland, it is quite possible that you may come across an Irishman on your way who speaks only Irish Gaelic? This language is omnipresent and is still spoken everywhere in the country, both by the general public and on road signs… Here is a little survival guide to help you get by in Gaelic!

Irish Gaelic Survival Guide

Words in brackets are for pronunciation only.

Politeness vocabulary

  • Hello: Dia duit (djia ditch)
  • Welcome: Fáilte (faultcha)
  • Goodbye: Slán agat (slone agueute)
  • To your health: Slainte (slauncha)
  • Please: Le do thoil (yeu djau houill)
  • Thank you: Go raibh maith agat (go dream my agueute)
  • Yes: Tá (teu)
  • No: Ní (ni)
  • Pardon: Gabh mo leithscéal (gâ mâ lèche skéél)

Tourism

  • National Tourist Office: Bord Fáilte (borde faultcha)
  • Castle: Caisleán
  • Mansion: Mainéar
  • Lake : Lough
  • Bay: Bay
  • Mountain: Mountain
  • Hotel: Óstán
  • Restaurant : Bialann
  • Youth Hostel: Óige brú
  • Coffee: Ní Chatháin

Public Transportation

  • Airport : Aerfort
  • Aircraft: Aerárthach
  • Port : Farraige
  • Ferry: Báid farantóireachta
  • Station: Stáisiún
  • Train: Train
  • For: Chóiste (chouchtè)
  • Bus : Bus (bouch)
  • Bus stop: Stad bus (steut bouch)
  • Taxi: Tacsaí
  • Rates: Rátaí
  • Tickets: Ticéad
  • Line : Líne
  • Timetable : Sceideal
  • Luggage: Bagáiste

Communications

  • Telephone: Fón (fone)
  • Public telephone: Íocfón (oukfone)
  • Internet: Idirlíon
  • Mail: Ríomhphost
  • Television: Teilifís
  • Radio: Raidió

On the road

  • Car: Carr
  • Van: Van
  • Truck : Trucail
  • Motorcycle : Gluaisrothar
  • Street: Sráid
  • Route: Bóthar
  • Highway: Mhótarbhealaigh
  • Toll: Dola
  • Yield: Geill Slí
  • Dead-end road: Uimh mórbhealach
  • Petrol station: Statio seirbhíse
  • Diesel: Díosal
  • Unleaded: Gan luaidhe
  • Engine oil: Inneall ola
  • Out of order : Briste síos
  • Accident: Tionóisc
  • Work : Obair

Public Places

  • Toilet: Leithras (lairass)
  • Police: Garda
  • Hospital: Ospideal
  • Firefighters: Roinn dóiteáin
  • Post Office: Oifig an Phoist (oufig ane fouicht)
  • City Centre: An lár (ane laur)
  • Square : Suare
  • Store: Siopal
  • Open: Oscailte
  • Closed: Dúnta
  • Prohibited: Toirmiscthe






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