Finding yourself feeling stuck and quite unsure on how to introduce yourself in Irish Gaelic like a total native speaker? Leave your worries out as we have here a simple guide that will help you make a powerful introduction when speaking with Irish people. In today's post, we will walk you through the how-to say and answer Irish greetings, introduce yourself with different descriptions, and ask your own questions. Ready to learn? Off we go!
Ireland has always been one of the top places in the world that many of us are planning to visit at least once in our lifetime. Several skilled workers are also looking to move to the country in the business context thanks to its appealing opportunities, bustling tech scene, and low taxes. And if all that is not enough to convince you to move to Ireland, just think about its different gloriously beautiful natural wonders, castles, and museums!
Whether you are planning to travel to Ireland or you want to impress an Irish friend/colleague, learning how to say the basic introductions can help you project yourself in a much more professional way. If you plan to make the Irish language your second or third language, we understand that it might seem intimidating to use it in real life. To ease your mind, we have here an easy to follow guide on how to do the basic introductions:
As you may know, the format may change depending on the situation, but at least you will have a general version that you can use as a backup.
Have you ever heard of the popular saying that everything starts with hello? We can all agree that everything really did start with a simple exchange of hi and hello in most of our relationships. It might sound a bit weird to start introducing yourself if you instantly come up to a person and start with "my name is..." right? To help you get a more authentic conversation, you can use the following Gaeilge words/ phrases for greetings below.
|Dia duit / daoibh!||Hello|
|Dia is Muire duit / daoibh||Hello|
|Haigh / heileo||Hello (casual)|
|Dar fia / dar priosta / dar m'anam||Hello (casual)|
|Maidin mhaith||Good morning|
|Tráthnóna maith||Good afternoon|
|Oíche mhaith||Good evening|
It is deemed essential for you to make sure that the communication is a two-way street in any spoken interaction. You do not ever want to be in a position where you feel like you are bombarding someone with so much information all at once, right? To get the other speaker to join in and follow the conversation, you may ask them how. Read below the often used expressions you can use as part of your everyday vocabulary.
|Cad é mar atá tú?||How are you doing?|
|Tá mé go maith.||I am good|
|Tá áthas orm.||I am happy|
|Tá tuirse orm||I am tired|
|Tá brón orm||I am sad|
|Tá uaigneas orm||I feel lonely|
|Níl mé go maith||I'm not feeling good|
|Tá mé ceart go leor||I am alright|
|Tá imní orm||I am worried|
|Tá fearg orm||I am angry|
|Tá sceitimíní orm||I'm excited|
Of course, you cannot just outright say your name in real conversations, right? You will need transitional words/ phrases that will act as a sign that you are about to speak your introductions. If the conversation is casual, you can also immediately ask for the name of the other person. Read on below the most native Irish ways to learn:
|Mark is ainm dom||My name is Mark.|
|Is mise Gen||I'm Gen|
|Mise Kevin||I'm Kevin|
|Cén t‑ainm atá ort? / Cad is ainm duit? / C’ainm atá ort?||What is your name?|
|Tá sé go deas bualadh leat||It is nice to meet you!|
|Tá sé go deas bualadh leatsa freisin.||It is nice to meet you too!|
|Tá áthas orm bualadh leat||Pleased to meet you (If the other speaker says his/her name after your introduction)|
And since we are already learning too much about the Irish Gaelic words and phrases, let's make expand further your language even more with the expressions you can use to describe yourself. As with regular conversations, you do not need to go all out and find ways to use these all, but there might be a chance that you will need to describe your physical traits fully. See and understand our examples below:
|Tá mé ard.||I am tall|
|Tá mé beag||I am small|
|Tá mé tanaí||I am slim|
|Tá mé ramhar||I am fat|
|Tá mé óg||I am young|
|Tá mé sean||I am old|
|Tá mé cairdiúil||I am friendly|
|Tá mé greannmhar||I am funny|
|Tá mé faiteach||I am shy|
|Tá mé spórtúil||I am sporty|
|Tá mé neamhspleách||I am independent|
|Imrím cispheil||I play basketball|
|Imrím líonpheil||I play netball|
|Is maith liom surfáil||I like surfing|
|Is maith liom iascaireacht||I like fishing|
|Is maith liom ceol||I like music|
*Note: For specific discussion on the Irish color words, click here.
Are you trying to find the exact phrases you can say to leave the conversation and say goodbye? See the guaranteed-to-work examples below that you can use every single time.
|Feicfidh mé arís thú.||I'll see you again.|
|Feicfidh mé amárach thú.||I'll see you tomorrow.|
|Tóg go bog é!||Take it easy|
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