Useful Irish Phrases For You To Learn

Dia dhuit (“Dee-ah gwit”)

Meaning: Hello.

The standard Irish greeting, this phrase reflects the country’s religious history. Its literal meaning is “God be with you.”

Conas atá tú? (“Cunnus ataw too?”)

Meaning: How are you?

Generally, this is the second step in beginning a conversation in Irish. In some areas the “a” at the beginning of “atá” is left off, changing the phrase to “Conas tá tú?”. The meaning is the same.

Tá mé go maith (“Taw may guh mah”)

Meaning: I’m well.

If you ask someone how they are, chances are they’ll be polite enough to ask how you are in return. This is the standard response if you’re feeling good.

Did You Know That These
Words Have Irish Origins?

Brogues

Derived from the Gaelic word for shoe, this noun in English today is used to describe a fashion of perforated leather shoes, recalling the style employed by Gaels to allow water to drain out of their shoes while traversing soggy bogs.

Smithereens

The word smithereens is first found in Irish English in the late 1700s. While its origin isn't exactly known, smithereens may come from smiodar, which means "fragment."

Banshee

This mythical spirit is an omen of death in Irish folklore.

The Dialects of the Irish Language

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Jakub Caffrey Teacher at Applelin Academy