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Scottish Gaelic phrasebook

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The two yous

Scottish Gaelic has two different representations of "you"; one for formal situations or when speaking to someone superior or much older than you; the other for informal situations and when speaking to friends and children. The formal version is also used when speaking to any group of people. In the example phrases the informal will be presented first, followed by the formal/plural form.


Welcome. 
Fàilte / Ceud mìle fàilte (falchuh / kayud meeluh falchuh)
Hello. 
Halò (ha-low)
Good morning. 
Madainn mhath (mahteen vah)
Good afternoon. 
Feasgar math (fesgur mah)
Good night. 
Oidhche mhath (oykah vah)
How are you? 
Ciamar a tha thu/sibh? (Kaymer uh ha hoo/shiv)
I'm fine, thanks. You? 
Tha mi gu math, tapadh leat/leibh. Ciamar a tha thu/sibh fhèin (Ha me goo mah, tapah let/leyv. Kaymer uh ha hoo/shiv hain)
What's your name? 
Dè an t-ainm a th'ort/th'oirbh? (jay un tinim uh horsht/horiv)
My name is ... 
'S e ... an t-ainm a th'orm (shay ... un tinim uh horum)
I am ... 
Is mise ... (Iss mi-shuh ...)
Pleased to meet you. 
Tha mi toilichte [do choinneachadh / ur coinneachadh] (Ha me tohlich-chuh [doh chon-ye-chag / oor con-ye-chag])
Please. 
Ma 's e [do thoil / ur toil] e (mass eh [do hol / oor toll] eh)
This is ... (when introducing somebody) 
Seo ... (shaw ...)
Thank you. 
Tapadh leat/leibh (tapah let/leyv)
Many thanks. 
Mòran taing (moran tang)
You're welcome. 
'S e [do bheatha / ur beatha] (shay [do vey-uh | oor bey-uh])
Excuse me. 
Gabh/gabhaibh mo leisgeul (gav/gav-iv mo lesh-kul)
Goodbye. 
Mar sin leat/leibh
Bye. 
Tioraidh
Cheers! 
Slàinte!
I'm sorry. 
Tha mi duilich
Do you speak Gaelic/English? 
A bheil Gàidhlig/Beurla agad/agaibh? (Uh veil gahlic/boorla akat/agiv)
I only speak a little Gaelic 
Chan eil ach beagan Gàidhlig agam
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
A bheil duine sam bith ann an-seo a bruidhinidh Beurla?
Can you say that again? 
An urrainn dhut/dhuibh sin a chantainn a-rithist?
Can you speak more slowly? 
An urrainn dhut/dhuibh bruidhinn nas maille?
Can you write that down? 
An urrainn dhut/dhuibh sin a sgrìobhadh?
I don't understand. 
Chan eil mi a' tuigsinn
Where is the toilet? 
Càite a bheil an taigh-beag?
Bon appetit! 
Ith/ithibh gu leòir!
Bon voyage! 
Turas math dhut/dhuibh!


Numbers

one ; aon
two 
three 
trì
four 
ceithir
five 
còig
six 
sia
seven 
seachd
eight 
ochd
nine 
naoi
ten 
deich
eleven 
aon deug
twelve 
dà dheug
thirteen 
trì deug
fourteen 
ceithir deug

...

twenty 
fichead


Time

now 
a-nis
later 
nas anmoiche
today 
an-diugh
tomorrow 
a-màireach
yesterday 
an-dè
in the morning 
anns a' mhadainn
this morning 
madainn an-diugh
tomorrow morning 
madainn a-màireach
yesterday morning 
madainn an-dè
tonight 
a-nochd
tomorrow night 
an ath-oidhche
last night
an-raoir

Clock time

one o'clock 
uair
two o'clock 
dà uair
three o'clock 
trì uairean
10 past three 
deich mionaidean an dèidh trì
half past 4 
lethuair an dèidh ceithir
20 to five 
fichead mionaidean gu còig
What time is it? 
Dè an uair a tha e?
It's ... 
Tha e ...

Duration

_____ minute(s) 
_____ mionaid(ean)
_____ hour(s) 
_____ uair(ean)
_____ day(s) 
_____ latha (làithean)
_____ week(s) 
_____ seachdainn(ean) (shokt-inn(ah))
_____ month(s) 
_____ mìos(an)
_____ year(s) 
_____ bliadhna (bliadhnaichean)

Days

Monday 
Diluain
Tuesday 
Dimàirt
Wednesday 
Diciadain
Thursday 
Diardaoin
Friday 
Dihaoine
Saturday 
Disathairne
Sunday 
Didòmhnaich / Latha na Sàbaid


Colors

black 
dubh
white 
geal
gray 
glas
red 
dearg
pink 
pinc
blue 
gorm
yellow 
buidhe
green 
uaine
orange 
orainds
brown 
donn


How much is this?

Dè a' phrìs tha seo? Dè tha e 'cosg? Dè na tha seo?


I love you

Tha gaol agam ort


Get well soon

Faigh na's fearr !


Call the police!

Fònadh chun a' phoileis!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Nollaig chridheil agus bliadhna mhath ùr


Happy Easter

A' Chàisg sona


Happy Birthday

Là breith sona dhuit/dhuibh


One language is never enough

Chan eil aon chànan gu leòr

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