Irish Phrases

The Irish phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: dia duit!  Audio
What is your name?: cén t-ainm atá ort?  Audio
Nice to meet you: tá sé go deas castáil leat!  Audio
How are you?: cén chaoi an bhfuil tú?  Audio
I'm good, thanks: tá mé go breá, go raibh maith agat!  Audio
And you?: agus (cén chaoi an bhfuil) tusa?  Audio

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Language and Age Phrases

More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Irish)?: an labhraíonn tú (béarla/gaeilge)?  Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: an labhraíonn sí Sínis?  Audio
A little bit: beagán  Audio
How old are you?: cén aois thú?  Audio
I'm 33 years old: tá mé tríocha bliain d'aois  Audio
It was nice talking to you: bhí sé go deas caint leat!  Audio

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: cad a chiallaíonn tú?  Audio
I don't understand: ní thuigim!  Audio
I don't know: níl a fhios agam!  Audio
Sorry: tá brón orm!  Audio
What is that called in Irish?: cad é an ghaeilge atá ar sin?  Audio
What does that word mean in English?: céard a chiallaíonn an focal sin i mbéarla?  Audio

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: cárbh as duit?  Audio
I'm from the U.S: is as na s.a. mé  Audio
I'm American: is meiriceánach mé  Audio
Where do you live?: cá bhfuil tú i do chónaí?  Audio
I live in the U.S: tá mé i mo chónaí sna s.a.  Audio
What do you do for a living?: cén slí beatha atá agat?  Audio
I'm a student: is mac léinn mé  Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: an féidir liom cúnamh a thabhairt duit?  Audio
Can you help me?: an féidir leat cúnamh a thabhairt dom?  Audio
Where is the airport?: cá bhfuil an t-aerfort?  Audio
Go straight: téigh díreach ar aghaidh  Audio
Then: ansin  Audio
Turn left: cas ar chlé  Audio
Turn right: cas ar dheis  Audio


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Holiday Wishes Phrases

Good wishes in Irish in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: lá bhreithe shona dhuit.  Audio
Happy new year: athbhliain faoi shéan agus faoi mhaise duit!  Audio
Merry Christmas: nollaig shona duit!  Audio
Good luck: ádh mór!  Audio
Congratulations: comhghairdeas!  Audio

Irish expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: tá seomra curtha in áirithe agam  Audio
Do you have rooms available?: an bhfuil seomraí folmha agat/agaibh?  Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: ba mhaith liom seomra ina bhfuil cosc ar tobac  Audio
How much it costs per night?: cé mhéad atá ar in aghaidh na hoíche?  Audio
Waiter: freastalaí  Audio
How much is this?: cé mhéad é seo?  Audio
What is this?: céard é seo?  Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: an bhfuil tú ceart go leor?  Audio
I need a doctor: tá dochtúr ag teastáil uaim.  Audio
Help: tabhair cúnamh dom!  Audio
Call the ambulance: glaoigh ar an otharcharr!  Audio
Call the police: glaoigh ar na póliíní!  Audio
I am sick: airím tinn.  Audio

These Irish phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Irish Vocabulary and Irish Grammar, you might want to visit our Irish Flashcards to practice what you learned.

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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Irish phrases.