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Hello - Dia duit

(literally, God be with you) pronounced:
jee-ah ghwich,
dee-ah gwit,
or
jee-ah gwit.
The first pronunciation is based on the “rule” that “d” preceded or followed by a slender vowel (i or e) is pronounced like a j, and “t” preceded or followed by a slender vowel is pronounced like a soft ch (like the English word witch.)

Duit is the singular form. If you are saying hello to more than one person at the same time, replace duit with dhaoibh, pronounced gwiv or yeev.

 

Good morning - Dia duit ar maidin

(literally God be with you this morning.)
“ar maidin” is pronounced:
er mah-jin
or
er may-jin

 

Good afternoon - Dia duit tráthnóna

(literally God be with you this afternoon)
“tráthnóna” is pronounced:
thraw- no-nah
or
traw- no-nah

 

Response to hello - Dia's Muire duit

(literally, God and Mary be with you)
pronounced:
jee-ahs mwir-rah-ghwich,
dee-ahs mir-rah-gwit,
or
jee-ahs mwir-rah-gwit

 

How are you? - Conas tá tú?

pronounced:
kun-us taw too?

 

I am well, thank you - Tá mé go maith go raibh maith agat

pronounced:
taw may guh moh, gurrah mah hahgut,
or
taw may guh moh, guh row moy ah-gut

 

Thank you - Go raibh maith agat

pronounced:
gurrah mah hahgut,
or
guh row moy ah-gut

 

Thank you very much - Go raibh míle maith agat

(literally, 1,000 thanks to you.)
pronounced:
gurrah meel-ah mah hahgut,
or
guh row meel-ah moy ah-gut

 

Good-bye - Slán

pronounced:
slawn (rhymes with lawn)
or
slan (rhymes with ran)

 

More Goodbyes

Good-bye and blessing – Slán agus beannacht
pronounced: slawn awgus ban-ukht

Good-bye for now – Slán go fóill
pronounced: slawn guh foyle

Safe home – Slán abhaile
pronounced: slawn a- wall-ya

Sleep well – Codladh slán
pronounced: kul-a slawn

Good Bye (if you are staying) – Slán leat
pronounced: slawn laht
or
slawn lat

Good Bye (if you are leaving) – Slán agat
pronounced: slawn ah-gut

 

I love you - Tá grá agam duit

pronounced:
taw grah ah-gum dit
or
taw grah ah-gum ditch
or
taw grah ah-gum gwit

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day! - Beannachtaí na Fáile Pádraig duit!

pronounced:
ban- ukh -tee naw fay -lee Paad riik ditch (or dit or gwit)

or Lá le Páidrig agat
pronounced La li Paadriik ah-gut

 

Merry Christmas-Nollaigh Maith Duit

pronounced:
null-ig mah ghwich,
null-ig mah gwit,
or
null-ig mah ditch
if you are addressing more than one person, instead of duit, use duibh, with the last consonant pronounced like a “v.”
You can also use Nollaigh Shona Duit

null-ig hoe-na ghwich,
null-ig hoe-na gwit,
or
null-ig hoe-na ditch

If you are addressing more than one person, instead of duit, use duibh, with the last consonant pronounced like a “v.”

 

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