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Some Basic Irish Words - A Short Introduction to the Irish Language

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Want to impress a flame-haired colleen with your knowledge of Irish? Try counting to ten. This might work better in Boston than in the gaeltacht, though. Well, man can but try ... so here are a few basic Irish words that might ocome in handy.

Counting in Irish

  • 1 - aon
  • 2 - dó
  • 3 - trí
  • 4 - ceathair
  • 5 - cúig
  • 6 - sé
  • 7 - seacht
  • 8 - ocht
  • 9 - naoi
  • 10 - deich
  • 11 - aon déag
  • 12 - dó déag
  • 20 - fiche
  • 30 - tríocha
  • 40 - daichead
  • 50 - caoga
  • 60 - seasca
  • 70 - seachtó
  • 80 - ochtó
  • 90 - nócha
  • 100 - céad
  • 1,000 - míle

Irish Days of the Week

  • Monday - Dé Luain
  • Tuesday - Dé Máirt
  • Wednesday - Dé Céadaoin
  • Thursday - Déardaoin
  • Friday - Dé hAoine
  • Saturday - Dé Sathairn
  • Sunday - Dé Domhnaigh

Months in Irish

  • January - Eanair
  • February - Feabhra
  • March - Márta
  • April - Aibreán
  • May- Bealtaine
  • June - Meitheamh
  • July - Iúil
  • August - Lúnasa
  • September - Meán Fomhair
  • October - Deireadh Fomhair
  • November - Samhain
  • December - Nollaig

Irish Seasons

  • spring - an t-earrach
  • summer - an samhradh
  • fall - an fómhar
  • winter - an geimhreadh

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