Counting in Irish isn’t really easy. If you recall our blog post on this subject, we showed you there are three different counting systems, and they’re not interchangeable. You count differently if you’re counting things, counting people or just counting on your fingers.
We suggest you take a look at the above blog post to understand counting in Irish better. Alternatively, you can watch our first “How to count from one to ten in Irish Gaelic” video we created a few months ago.
Today, we’re teaching you a little bit more about counting people (personal numbers) in Irish Gaelic.
How to Count People (personal numbers) in Irish Gaelic (VIDEO)
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www.teanglann.com is an excellent resource for online Irish dictionaries. Please follow this example: http://www.teanglann.ie/ga/fgb/fear. Fear is the nominative singular, a man. “gs” stands for genitive singular. “npl” stands for nominative plural, fir (men). “gpl” stands for genitive plural. This symbol ~ means that it’s the same as the nominate plural, fear. “pl” stands for plural.
How to say Count People (personal numbers) in Irish Gaelic
- One (person) Aon duine amháin /ayn din-eh ah-waw-in/ Or just Duine /din-eh/
- Two (people) beirt /berch/
- Three (people) triúr /troo-ur/
- Four (people) ceathrar /kah-rur/
- Five (people) cúigear /koo-ig-ur/
- Six (people) seisear /shesh-ur/
- Seven (people) seachtar /shok-tur/
- Eight (people) ochtar /ukht-ur/
- Nine (people) naonúr /nee-noor/
- Ten (people) deichniúr /jeh-noor/
Dia duit! Siobhán here from Bitesize Irish Gaelic. I speak a Connaught dialect.