Friday 5th February 2021 is the first ever Say A Gaelic Phrase Day. This is an new initiative, to encourage people to have a go at speaking Gaelic! Hands Up for Trad are asking folk to pick a Gaelic phrase from below (or make up your own one), learn how to say it (by listening to the audio file), make a video (on your phone, tablet or computer) and post it on social media using the hashtag #làbairtnagàidhlig or #sayagaelicphraseday. Simple as that! We would like you to encourage your friends to have a go too. You can combine phrases as well using ‘agus’ (Gaelic for ‘and’). If you are looking for more notes check out the dictionary at Learn Gaelic. If you want out more about speaking Gaelic why not check out learngaelic.scot or DuoLingo.
Slàinte mhath! (Slaaaaaaan-chih [as in chair] vah) Good health/Cheers!
Tapadh leibh (Tah-puh-live) Thankyou
Is mise… (Is mih-shih…) I’m / My name is…
Ciamar a tha thu? (Kimar uh haaa oo?) How are you?
Ciamar a tha sibh? (Kimar uh haaa shiv?) How are you? (Polite/Plural)
Mòran taing (Mow-ran tah-eenk) Many thanks
Useful Gaelic Phrases
Tha mi ag ionnsachadh Gàidhlig (Ha me uh-gyoo-suh-chag Gaaaalik) I am learning Gaelic
Tha mi ag iarraidh Gàidhlig ionnsachadh (Ha me uh-gee-uh-ree Gaaaalik yoon-su-chadh) I want to learn Gaelic
Tha beagan Gàidhlig agam (Ha bake-un Gaaaalik ah-kum) I have a little Gaelic
Tha gaol agam ort! (Ha goool ah-kum orshch [ch like chair] ) I love you
Is toil leam… (Stull lum) I like …
Is fìor thoil leam… (Sfeeer hul lum) I really like …
Cha toil leam… (Cha [as in loch] tul lum) I don’t like
Gàidhlig (Gaaaah-lik) Gaelic
Ceòl agus craic (Kyaawl agus crachk [as in loch] ) Music and crack
Uisge-beatha agus irn-brù (Ooosh-kih beh-huh agus irn-bru) Whisky & Irn-bru
Ceòl na pìoba (Kyaawl na pee-pih) Pipe music
Iasgach (Eee-uh-skuch [as in loch] ) Fishing
Alba (Aaah-luh-puh) Scotland
Tractairean (Trach- [as in loch] tur-un) Tractors
Bèicearachd (Beh-ker-uchk [as in loch] ) Baking
Teòclaid (Chawww–clitch [ch as chair] ) Chocolate
Choose your own words at learngaelic.scot/dictionary
Sayings – Old & New!
Mairidh gaol agus ceòl (Marry goool agus kyaaall) Love and music will endure
O mo chreach! (O mow chre-ach [as in loch] ) Oh no!
Cho sgìth ris a’ chù (Choh [ch as loch] ski rish uh chooo [ch as loch] ) As tired as a dog / Knackered
Nach buidhe dhut! (Nach [ch as loch] boo-yah goot) Lucky you! / Good luck!
#CleachdI (Klachk [ch as loch] eee) #UseIt
#CleachdIAigAnTaigh (Klachk [ch as loch] eee ek un taoy) #UseItAtHome
Là Abairt Na Gàidhlig (Aaaah ah-purshch [ch as chair] nah Gaaah-lik) Say a Gaelic Phrase day
Is sinne Alba (Is sheen-nyih Aah-luh-puh) WeAreScotland https://onescotland.org/campaigns/we-are-scotland/