top of page

Everyday phrases 

 

Some ways of saying 'yes' and 'no' 

Sea          - yes

Ní hea          - no

Growing up 

Nuair a bhí muidí a'tíocht suas              - when we were growing up

Haste 

Giodar          – haste, hurry

Bhí giodar leis           - he was in a rush

le háirse siúil                - in a mad rush

Forradh siúil            - walking hurriedly

Déan deifir           - Hurry up

Bí foighdeach            - be patient

Reluctance 

Bhí drogall air é a dhéanamh         - he was reluctant to do it

Rud ar bith a bheithí a dhéanamh          - anything they'd be doing

 

Building trust 

Is doiligh a dhul i mbannaí air         - it can't be depended on

Ní féidir a dhul i mbannaí air sin        - it can't be depended upon

Ar a gcuid fhéin             - depending on themselves

Orders 

Suigh síos            - sit down

Dún an doras           - Shut the door

On one's own 

Ar lom leis fhéin             – on his own

Ar lom leithe fhéin           – on her own

Ar lom leof’ fhéin           – on their own

Leofa fhéin            – by themselves

Discussing things 

Tá sin nádurtha go maith            - that's natural enough

ar a laghad           - at least

Ar an taobh eile dhen scéal          - on the other hand

B'fhacthas duit            - so it seemed to you

Mar a déaradh siad thart anseó            - as they used to say around here

Lean sé le nadúr             - it stood to reason

Nár chóir dhuit             - you shouldn't

Ba mhinic leis...          - it was common for

Aisteach go leor           - strangely enough

Tá sé sin coitianta mórán a'chuile áint           - that's common pretty much everywhere

Ruining things 

dhéanfadh sé praiseach dhó          - he'd make a mess of it

is mór an feall          - it's a great shame

Tá do sháith agat anois, ní bhfaighfaidh tú níos mó -       you've had all you're getting now, you'll get no more

Doing things 

in aon turas            - on purpose, for the purpose of

Murabh bealach le dhul isteach bealach amháin, nó amach bealach amháin, go bealach eile le féidir dhul isteach nó amach          - if you can't get in one way, or out one way, that there's another way to get in or out 

Mise i do dhéidhse          - I'm next after you

 

 

 


 


 

bottom of page