10+ Easy Irish Health Vocabulary

November 22, 2021
Samaha Kazmi

Do you know how to talk about Health in Irish? What if someone asks you about your health and you do not have the right Irish health vocabulary or words to respond with? In today's blog, we got you covered how to respond if someone asks you a question about your physical and mental health. We will walk you through all the important Irish words needed by you to describe how well have you been lately as this is one of the common questions of the locals.

Irish Language

The Irish language is spoken in many countries and is the official standard language of Ireland. Besides Ireland, it is also seen prevalently spoken in Britain. The Irish language is called Gaeilge in the Irish language and the word Gaelic in English is derived from the word Gaeilge as well.

Before getting into the details, it is essential to learn the Irish alphabet and its sounds. If you haven't learned the Irish alphabet by now then feel free to check out our blog on the Irish alphabet.

Irish Words For Health

irish health vocabulary

There are many Irish words that you can use to talk about health. The Irish word for health is "Sláinte". And to say the word healthy in Irish, the word "sláintiúil" should be used. The Irish word for diseases is "Galair".

The Versatility Of Irish Health Vocabulary

Irish health vocabulary is versatile in nature since it can be used anywhere and anytime. Be it in a village, a school, a crowd, a shop, about the weather, at night or in the day. It is useful to have a list of all the terms along with their pronunciation to be more fluent.

Prevalent Diseases In Ireland

In Ireland, certain diseases are seen as common and prevalent. Cardiovascular and Respiratory Diseases, Cancer, Mental Health Issues and Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease are the four most common diseases in Ireland.

Ailments And Sickness In Irish

Here is a table of various words in Irish that describes basic ailments:

English WordsIrish Words
SickTinn
SicknessBreoiteacht
CoughCasacht
FeverFiabhras
FlueFliú
AllergiesAilléirgí
SneezeSraoth
ConjunctivitisConjunctivitis
DiarrheaBuinneach
HeadachesTinneas Cinn
MononucleosisMononucleóis
Stomach AchesAiseanna Boilg
High TemperatureTeocht Árd
BronchitisBroinciteas
VirusVíoras
PneumoniaNiúmóine
PainPian
NauseaSamhnas Goile
ContagiousGabhálach
CancerAilse
TumourMeall
TonsillitisTonsillitis
AsthmaAsma
Sore ThroatScornach Thinn
DiabetesDiaibéiteas
Heart AttackTaom Croí
JaundiceJaundice
DepressionDúlagar
AnxietyImní
EpilepsyTitimeas
Lactose IntoleranceÉadulaingt Lachtós
AbnormalMínormálta
StressStrus
Shaking/ ShiveringAg Crith
Cardiovascular DiseasesGalair Cardashoithíoch
Respiratory DiseasesGalair Riospráide
Chronic DiseasesGalair Ainsealacha
Acute DiseaseGalair Ghéarmhíochaine
Ailments DiseasesGalair ailments

Staying Over At A Friend's House

If you are sick and you need to stay over at a friend's house you can ask "An féidir liom fanacht ag d’áit inniu?" meaning "Can I stay at your place today?" in English. You can further give them an explanation by providing information about how you are feeling at the moment.

Phrases Related To Irish Health Vocabulary

Here is a table of some phrases about health which you would need in your everyday life:

English PhrasesIrish Translation
I am SickTá mé tinn.
I have feverTá fiabhras orm.
I need to go see a doctorCaithfidh mé dul chuig dochtúir
I feel nauseous.Braithim nauseous.
I am suffering from cancer.Tá mé ag fulaingt ó ailse.
I need medicinesTeastaíonn cógais uaim
Can you get me some painkillers?An féidir leat roinnt painkillers a fháil dom?
My head hurtsGortaíonn mo cheann
I need some restTeastaíonn roinnt scíthe uaim
Let's start a healthy diet.Tosaímid ar aiste bia sláintiúil
I feel dizzy and nauseousbraithim dizzy agus nauseous
I suffer from anxietyTá imní orm
Could you please bring me some tissues?An bhféadfá roinnt fíochán a thabhairt chugam le do thoil?
I am much better nowTá mé i bhfad níos fearr anois

If someone is being concerned about you and taking care of you while you are sick, then it would be a nice idea to thank them. The Irish phrase for thanks is "Go raibh maith agat".

Asking About Someone's Health

There can be cases while staying with native Irish speakers that they get sick and you need to go pay a visit to them. It is a nice gesture to take care of your colleagues when they are sick and make sure that they have all that they need.

Phrases About Inquiring Health

Here is a table of some phrases which can help you ask about the health of your Irish Colleagues and make sure that they are taken care of:

English PhrasesIrish Translation
Do you need help with anythingAn bhfuil cúnamh uait le haon rud?
How are you feeling now?Conas atá tú ag mothú anois?
You should go see a doctor.Ba chóir duit dul chuig dochtúir.
You look pale today.Breathnaíonn tú pale inniu.
I brought you a cup of coffee.Thug mé cupán caife duit.
You should take some rest.Ba chóir duit roinnt scíthe a ghlacadh.
I'll buy the medicines for you.Ceannóidh mé na cógais duit.
Did you consult a doctor?An ndeachaigh tú i gcomhairle le dochtúir?
What does your doctor say?Cad a deir do dhochtúir?
Get well soon!Faigh go maith go luath!

Speaking Irish

Vocabulary about health in Irish is important as it can help you speak Irish better. Knowing the right words in Irish related to health can leave a better impression on the native speakers since they might expect you to make mistakes.

For instance, as you have learned in this blog, using the Irish word "gaeilge" instead of Irish can leave a better impression on the native Irish Speakers. Therefore, you should try to gain as much vocabulary as possible since it will always yield positive results.

Wrapping Up!

Irish Health Vocabulary

If you liked this blog then make sure to check other blogs on the Ling app by Simya solutions. We also have a blog about the Irish alphabet and Irish sentence structure so grab the opportunity and don't miss out on much. Checking out the blogs can help you learn Irish faster and in an easy way.

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