Gaelic Phrases - Introductory

Looking to start learning Gaelic or just practice what you already know? This short article is going to cover some introductory phrases in Gaelic so by the end you will be able to tell someone your name, ask for their name, ask how someone is doing and reply.

Let’s start easy

Text boxes showing Is mise is Gaelic for my name is

Saying your name is a rather short and easy phrase to begin with. Some names also have a Gaelic translation, for example, George becomes Seòras. This usually only applies to most Scottish names but if you want to find out if your name is in Gaelic then you can look it up in the LearnGaelic dictionary.

Now that you know how to say your name, it would be just as helpful to ask someone else’s name!

Text boxes showing De an t-ainm a th'ort is gaelic for what is your name

Asking for someone’s name with ‘th’ort’ is usually said in an informal environment so if you are wanting to ask for their name in a more formal context (or just to be polite) it would be ‘th’oirbh’.

Now that you know how to ask who someone is, it would be equally as important to ask how they are.

Text boxes show Ciamar a tha thu is gaelic for how are you

Much like the previous phrase, you can be more formal by replacing ‘thu’ with ‘sibh’. 

While it is useful to ask how someone is you also need to know how to reply.

Text boxes showing Tha mi is Gaelic for I am

Saying how you are is a very easy sentence to start with in Gaelic and can be used for a variety of emotions. Below is a table of vocabulary you can add to the sentence above to show how you are feeling. 

A vocabualary list of gaelic words

Here are some final words/phrases that can be useful as well!

With this you should now be able to hold your first conversation in Gaelic! If you want to practice more then we have plenty of articles to read on the Young Scot Gaelic page.

Other content you might be interested in

All ages

Gaelic Resources

A list of resources to learn or improve your Gaelic!

Gaelic Resources
All ages

What is FilmG?

John from Young Scot shares his experience with FilmG and how it’s about more than just winning an award, read…

What is FilmG?
All ages

Scottish Gaelic History

A brief history of Gaelic in Scotland from the medieval ages to the present.

Scottish Gaelic History
All ages

Scottish Gaelic & Irish

Scottish Gaelic and Irish Gaelic are often compared, but what are the similarities and differences?

Scottish Gaelic & Irish
All ages

Why is Gaelic Important?

Learn more about why people think Gaelic is important as a language and as part of Scottish culture.

Why is Gaelic Important?
All ages

Gaelic Phrases - Introductory

Learn some Gaelic! This article covers introductory phrases such as asking for someone’s name and how they are doing.

Gaelic Phrases - Introductory
All ages

How to Start Learning Gaelic

Ever fancied learning Scottish Gaelic? There’s no time like the present. Check out our tips on getting started.

How to Start Learning Gaelic
HIDE PAGELeave this site quickly
Back to top of the page