Celtic language native to Scotland
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Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig), is spoken by around 1.2% of Scotland, as well as parts of Nova Scotia, Canada, and in Australia. It belongs to the Goidelic branch in the Celtic language family, alongside Irish and Manx.

Gaelic speakers are usually very happy to speak English to visitors, and all essential business can readily be done in English. Studying Gaelic may increase your enjoyment of a visit to the Scottish Highlands and Hebrides, but is not necessary to get around.

Pronunciation guideEdit

Stress the first syllable on every word. Scottish Gaelic has a number of sounds which can be difficult for English speakers to pick up including CH (as in Scots 'loch' or the composer 'Bach') and the three Rs (rolled, slender and tapped) none of which resembles the English 'pirate R'. A helpful guide to Gaelic pronunciation can be found here.

An important feature of the language is lenition, whereby initial consonants change their sound depending on its grammatical situation. This is represented by an H being added after the initial letter. E.g. An cù (the dog) > a' chù/Am meur (the finger) > a' mheur.

Phrase listEdit

Slashes generally indicate the difference between the informal and formal/polite form in that order (e.g. leat/leibh - leat is informal, leibh is formal)

BasicsEdit

Common signs


WELCOME
FÀILTE
OPEN
FOSGAILTE
CLOSED
DÙINTE
ENTRANCE
INNTRINN
EXIT
DORAS A-MACH
WAY OUT
SLÌGHE A-MACH
PUSH
STOB
PULL
GIOB
TOILET
TAIGH-BHEAG
MEN
FIR / DAOINE
WOMEN
MNATHAN / BOIREANNAICH
FORBIDDEN
TOIRMISGTE
Hello.
Halò. (ha-LAW)
How are you?
Ciamar a tha thu/sibh? (KEM-mer uh HA oo?)
Fine, thank you.
Tha mi gu math, tapadh leat/leibh. (HA mI goo MA, TAH-puh let/leave)
What is your name?
Dè an t-ainm a th' ort/oirbh? (JAY un TEN-um a HORSHT/HOR-riv?)
My name is ______ .
Is mise ______ . ( is SMish-shuh _____ .)
Nice to meet you.
'S toil leam gur coinneachadh. (STOL lum gur KEN-yukh-ugh): 's math gad fhaicinn (mah gad echkeen)
Please.
Led thoil. / Ler toil. (led HOL / ler TOL)
Thank you.
Tapadh leat/leibh. (TAH-puh let/leave)
You're welcome.
'S e do bheatha / ur beatha. (SHAY do VEH-huh / oor BEH-huh)
Yes.
(Gaelic has no words for "yes" and "no", and replies are made with the relevant verbs. For questions beginning with "a bheil?", the appropriate word for "yes" is "tha". An alternative is "seadh", pronounced shugh, which means "yeah" or "uh-huh")
No.
(Gaelic has no words for "yes" and "no", and replies are made with the relevant verbs. For questions beginning with "a bheil?", the appropriate word for "no" is "chan eil")
Excuse me. (getting attention)
Gabh/Gabhaibh mo leisgeul. (GAV/GAV-iv mo LESH-keel)
I'm sorry.
Tha mi duilich. (HA mee DOO-lich)
Goodbye.
Tioraidh! (CHEE-ree)
I can't speak Gaelic well.
Chan eil Gàidhlig mhath agam. (khu-NYAIL GAH-lick VAH ACK-um)
Do you speak English?
(You will not need to ask this question; there are no monolingual Gaelic speakers even among the oldest generation. Included here for completion, and in case one meets a Gaelic speaker of a different language) A bheil Beurla agad? (informal)

A bheil Beurla agaibh? (formal/plural)

Help!
Cuidich! (cu-Jeech!)Cuideaichaibh! (KWIDGE-ich-iv!)
Look out!
thor an aire (horr an arer)
Good morning.
Madainn mhath. (MAT-een vah)
Good evening.
Feasgar math. (FES-ker mah)
Good night.
Oidhche mhath. (EYE-chuh vah)
Sleep well
Cadail/Cadailibh gu math. (KAT-ul/KAT-uh-liv goo mah)
I don't understand.
Chan eil mi a' tuigsinn. (khu-NYAIL mee uh TooK-sheen)
Where is the toilet?
Càit a bheil an taigh beag? (KAATSH uh VAIL un TIE BECK?)

ProblemsEdit

Leave me alone.
Fàg mi leam fhèin. (ghag me laom hayn)
Don't touch me!
Cum do laimhan leat fhèinsa! ( koom do lavin laht hein-sa!)
I'll call the police.
Fònaidh mi air poileas. ( .)
Police!
Poileas! ( !)
Stop! Thief!
! ! ( ! !)
I need your help.
Am faodidh tu dhuim cudicheadh?. ( .)
It's an emergency.
'se h-eiginn a th'ann. ( .)
I'm lost.
tha mi air chail. ( .)
I lost my bag.
chail mi an rucksack agam. ( .)
I lost my wallet.
chail mi an sporan agam. ( .)
I'm sick.
Tha mi tinn. ( .)
I've been injured.
tha mi sàraichte. ( .)
I need a doctor.
feumidh mi doctair. ( .)
Can I use your phone?
Am faodidh mi cleachd an fòn agad (mas e do thoil e)?

NumbersEdit

0
Neoini
1
A h-aon ( )
2
A dhà ( )
3
A trì ( )
4
A ceithir ( )
5
A cóig ( )
6
A sia ( )
7
A seachd ( )
8
A h-ochd ( )
9
A naoi ( )
10
A deich ( )
11
A h-Aon dheug ( )
12
A dà dheug ( )
13
A trì deug ( )
14
A ceithir deug ( )
15
A cóig deug ( )
16
A sia deug ( )
17
A seachd deug ( )
18
A h-ochd deug ( )
19
A naoi deug ( )
20
Fichead ( )
21
Aon air fhichead ( )
22
Dà air fhichead ( )
23
Trì air fhichead ( )
30
Deich air fhichead ( )
40
Dà fhichead ( )
50
Dà fhichead is a deich ( )
60
Trì fhichead ( )
70
Trì fhichead is a deich ( )
80
Ceithir fhichead ( )
90
Ceithir fhichead is a deich ( )
100
Ceud ( )
200
Dà ceud ( )
300
Trì ceud ( )
1,000
Mille ( )
2,000
Dà ( )
1,000,000
( )
1,000,000,000
( )
1,000,000,000,000
( )
number _____ (train, bus, etc.)
( )
half
( )
less
( )
more
( )

TimeEdit

now
a-nis OR an-drasda ( )
later
as deidh
before
roimhe
morning
madainn ( )
afternoon
feasgar ( )
evening
oidhche ( )
night
nochd ( )

Clock timeEdit

one o'clock AM
aon uair madainn ( )
two o'clock AM
dha uair madainn ( )
noon
meadhan-latha ( )
one o'clock PM
aon uair feasgar ( )
two o'clock PM
dha uair feasgar ( )
midnight
meadhan-oidhche ( )

DurationEdit

_____ minute(s)
_____ mionaid(ean) ( )
_____ hour(s)
_____ uair(ean) ( )
_____ day(s)
_____ latha (laithean) ( )
_____ week(s)
_____ seachdain(ean) ( )
_____ month(s)
_____ mios(an) ( )
_____ year(s)
_____ bliadhna (bliadhnaichean) ( )

DaysEdit

today
an-diugh (an-JOO)
yesterday
an-de (an-JEH)
tomorrow
a-maireach (a-MAH-roch)
this week
(an) seachdain (seo) ( )
last week
an seachgainn seach chaidh
next week
an ath sheachdain ( )
Sunday
Didòmhnaich (General) or Latha na sàbaid (Presbyterian) (LAA na-SAH-betch)
Monday
Diluain (JEE loo-een)
Tuesday
Dimàirt (JEE mar-sht)
Wednesday
Diciadaoin ( )
Thursday
Diardaoin ( )
Friday
Dihaoine (JIH höh-nyeh)
Saturday
Disathairne (JEE saa-har-nyeh)

MonthsEdit

January
am Faoileach ( )
February
am Gearran ( )
March
am Màrt (am MAAR-sht)
April
an Giblean ( )
May
an Cèitean ( )
June
an t-Ògmhìos ( )
July
an t-luchar ( )
August
an Lùnastal ( )
September
an t-Sultain ( )
October
an Dàmhair ( )
November
an t-Samhain ( )
December
an Dùbhlachd ( )

SeasonsEdit

Spring
an t-Earrach
Summer
an Samhradh
Autumn
am Foghar
Winter
an Geamhradh

Writing time and dateEdit

ColorsEdit

black
dubh (doo)
white
geal (geh-al)
gray
liath
red
dearg ("ruadh" for hair) ( )
blue
gorm (JEER-k)
yellow
buidhe ( )
green
uaine ( )
orange
orains ( )
purple
purpie
brown
donn (DÖ-un - rounded lips like German Ö)

TransportationEdit

Bus and trainEdit

How much is a ticket to _____?
De a' phris airson tiocaid gu ____? ( )
One ticket to _____, please.
Aon tiocaid gu ______, mar 'se do thoil e. ( )
Where does this train/bus go?
Cait' an dol an treana / am bus seo? ( )
Where is the train/bus to _____?
Cait' a bheil an treana / am bus do ____? ( )
Does this train/bus stop in _____?
( )
When does the train/bus for _____ leave?
Cuin' a falbh an trana / am bus do ____?( )
When will this train/bus arrive in _____?
( )

DirectionsEdit

How do I get to _____ ?
Ciamar a tha mi a' dol dhan ____ ? ( )
...the train station?
... steisean treana? ( )
...the bus station?
... steisean bus? ( )
...the airport?
... phort-adhair? ( )
...downtown?
... bhaile? ( )
...the youth hostel?
... ostail? ( )
...the _____ hotel?
... taigh-osda ____ ? ( )
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate?
( )
Where are there a lot of...
Cait' a bheil moran .... ann? ( )
...hotels?
... taighean-osda? ( )
...restaurants?
... taighean-bidh? ( )
...bars?
... taighean-seinnse? ( )
...sites to see?
( )
Can you show me on the map?
( )
street
rathad ( )
Turn left.
(tionndaidh chun làimh chlì )
Turn right.
(tionndaidh gu do làimh cheart )
left
(clì )
right
(deas )
straight ahead
( )
towards the _____
( )
past the _____
( )
before the _____
( )
Watch for the _____.
( )
intersection
( )
north
tuath ( )
south
deas ( )
east
ear ( )
west
iar ( )
uphill
suas ( )
downhill
sios ( )

TaxiEdit

Taxi!
Tacsaidh! ( )
Take me to _____, please.
( )
How much does it cost to get to _____?
De a' phris airson dol dhan ____? ( )
Take me there, please.
( )

LodgingEdit

Do you have any rooms available?
( )
How much is a room for one person/two people?
De a' phris airson seomar na aon/ dha? ( )
Does the room come with...
( )
...bedsheets?
( )
...a bathroom?
... taigh beag? ( )
...a telephone?
... fon? ( )
...a TV?
... taidhsearan? ( )
May I see the room first?
( )
Do you have anything quieter?
A bheil seomar sam bith agaibh nas ciuine? ( )
...bigger?
... nas motha? ( )
...cleaner?
... nas glinne? ( )
...cheaper?
... nas saora? ( )
OK, I'll take it.
( )
I will stay for _____ night(s).
Fuirichidh mi ____ oidhche(an) ( )
Can you suggest another hotel?
( )
Do you have a safe?
( )
...lockers?
( )
Is breakfast/supper included?
( )
What time is breakfast/supper?
Cuin' am bi breacaist/suipear? ( )
Please clean my room.
( )
Can you wake me at _____?
( )
I want to check out.
( )

MoneyEdit

Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars?
An toil leibh dolair Ameirigeach/Astrailianach/Canadach? ( )
Do you accept British pounds?
An toil leibh notaichean? ( )
Do you accept Euros?
An toil leibh airgead eorpach? ( )
Do you accept credit cards?
( )
Can you change money for me?
( )
Where can I get money changed?
( )
Can you change a traveler's check for me?
( )
Where can I get a traveler's check changed?
( )
What is the exchange rate?
( )
Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)?
( )

EatingEdit

A table for one person/two people, please.
Bord airson aon/dha, mar 's e bhur toil e. ( )
Can I look at the menu, please?
Faodaidh mi seall air a' mhenu? ( )
Can I look in the kitchen?
( )
Is there a house specialty?
( )
Is there a local specialty?
( )
I'm a vegetarian.
Chan ith mi feoil. ( )
I don't eat pork.
Chan ith mi feoil-mhuic. ( )
I don't eat beef.
Chan ith mi feoil-mhairt. ( )
I only eat kosher food.
Chan ith mi biadh ach kosher. ( )
Can you make it "lite", please? (less oil/butter/lard)
( )
fixed-price meal
( )
a la carte
( )
breakfast
bracaist ( )
lunch
dinnear ( )
tea (meal)
suipear ( )
supper
caicean ( )
I want _____.
Bu toil leam ____. ( )
I want a dish containing _____.
( )
chicken
cearc ( )
beef
feòil-mhairt ( )
fish
iasg ( )
ham
feoil-mhuic ( )
sausage
isbean ( )
cheese
caise ( )
eggs
uighean ( )
salad
( )
(fresh) vegetables
glasraich ( )
(fresh) fruit
measan ( )
bread
aran ( )
toast
tost ( )
noodles
( )
rice
( )
beans
pònairean ( )
May I have a glass of _____?
Bu toil leam glainne _____. ( )
May I have a cup of _____?
( )
May I have a bottle of _____?
Bu toil leam botal _____. ( )
coffee
cofaidh ( )
tea (drink)
tì ( )
juice
sugh ( )
(bubbly) water
( )
(still) water
uisge ( )
beer
leann ( )
red/white wine
fìon dearg/geal ( )
May I have some _____?
( )
salt
salann ( )
black pepper
piopair ( )
butter
ìm ( )
Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
gabhaibh mo leisgeul ( )
I'm finished.
Tha mi deiseil ( )
It was delicious.
( )
Please clear the plates.
( )
The check, please.
( )

BarsEdit

Do you serve alcohol?
( )
Is there table service?
( )
A beer/two beers, please.
( )
A glass of red/white wine, please.
( )
A pint, please.
( )
A bottle, please.
( )
_____ (hard liquor) and _____ (mixer), please.
( )
whiskey
uisge-beatha ( )
vodka
( )
rum
( )
water
uisge ( )
club soda
( )
tonic water
( )
orange juice
sugh orainds ( )
Coke (soda)
( )
Do you have any bar snacks?
( )
One more, please.
( )
Another round, please.
( )
When is closing time?
( )
Cheers!
Good health!
(“ Sláinte “)

ShoppingEdit

Do you have this in my size?
( )
How much is this?
( )
That's too expensive.
Tha e ro dhaor. ( )
Would you take _____?
( )
expensive
daor. ( )
cheap
saor. ( )
I can't afford it.
( )
I don't want it.
( )
You're cheating me.
( )
I'm not interested.
(..)
OK, I'll take it.
( )
Can I have a bag?
( )
Do you ship (overseas)?
( )
I need...
Feumaidh mi... ( )
...toothpaste.
( )
...a toothbrush.
( )
...tampons.
. ( )
...soap.
( )
...shampoo.
( )
...pain reliever. (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen)
( )
...cold medicine.
( )
...stomach medicine.
( )
...a razor.
( )
...an umbrella.
( )
...sunblock lotion.
( )
...a postcard.
... cart-puist. ( )
...postage stamps.
( )
...batteries.
( )
...writing paper.
... paipear airson sgriobh. ( )
...a pen.
... peann. ( )
...English-language books.
... leabhraichean anns a' Bheurla. ( )
...English-language magazines.
( )
...an English-language newspaper.
... paipear-naidheachd anns a' Bheurla. ( )
...an English-English dictionary.
... faclair Beurla-Beurla. ( )

DrivingEdit

I want to rent a car.
( )
Can I get insurance?
( )
stop (on a street sign)
( )
one way
( )
yield
( )
no parking
( )
speed limit
( )
gas (petrol) station
( )
petrol
( )
diesel
( )

AuthorityEdit

I haven't done anything wrong.
( )
It was a misunderstanding.
( )
Where are you taking me?
( )
Am I under arrest?
( )
I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen.
'S e Aimearagach/Astrailianach/Breatannach/Canadach a th' annam. (rather than "Breatannach", it is better to specify "Sasannach" [English], "Albannach" [Scottish], or "Cuimreach" [Welsh]) ( )
I want to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate.
( )
I want to talk to a lawyer.
( )
Can I just pay a fine now?
( )


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