July 5, 2010

Important words of Irish you should learn before traveling

Recognized as the national and first language of the Republic of Ireland, Irish is a lively language but only spoken as a first language by a small minority of the Irish population, and as a second language by a larger minority.

While traveling in Ireland with your car hire Ireland, you'll see Irish words almost everywhere, indicating the language's underlying influence. You'll see Irish written on road signs, which might be the most notable place. But you'll also see an Irish word here and there, in pubs, shop names, B&B names, and indeed the original version of place names.

Here are some Irish words/expression which might be useful:
Sláinte (sloynta) – Cheers
Fir - Not a tree but the Irish for "men" - you may find this as an identifier on toilet doors.
- Not a misspelling of "man" but the Irish for "women".
An Lár - Literally "the middle" or "the center" and used on bus signs to denote the town center as destination.
Fáilte - The word (pronounced "fall-sha") means "welcome" and is used as a greeting or to denote tourism activities - the Irish tourism industry uses the moniker "Fáilte Ireland". The very popular phrase céad mile fáilte ("kad meel-a fall-sha") translates as "a hundred thousand welcomes".
Cad is ainm duit? – pronounced “coad iss annim dwit”, it means “What is your name?”
Conas ata tu?
– pronounced “cunn-us ah-taw two”, it means “How are you?”
An mor ata air?
– pronounced “on moor ah-taw err”, it means “How much is it?”
Tapadh leat – pronounced “tapah lat”, it means “Thank you”
Gabh mo leithscaal – pronounced “govh muh leh-skayle”, it means “Excuse me”

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