Let’s learn some Irish words for facial features and learn how to pronounce them.
First of all, the most commonly used words for the head are:
ceann /kyow-in/ and cloigeann /klih-gunn/
On the front of our head we have the face, and the two most commonly used Irish words for face are:
aghaidh /eye-igg/ and éadan /aye-ah-dunn/
Are you still with me? Great!
Now let’s name the different parts of the head and face working from the outside inwards.
The Irish word for hair is gruaig /gru-ah-igg/
Curly hair in Irish is gruaig chatach /gru-ah-igg khaw-tukh/.
Behind my hair are my ears – the Irish word for ear is cluas /klue-ah-uhs/. So, I have cluas amháin /klue-ah-uhs ah-vaw-inn/ one ear and cluas eile /klue-ah-uhs eh-ill-leuh/ another ear. The plural form of the word cluas is cluasa /klue-ah-uhs-sa/. So, you could say: seo iad mo chluasa /shuh hee-ad muh kh-lue-ah-uhs-sa/ – these are my ears.
The Irish word for chin is smig /smig/.
The Irish word for jaw is giall /gee-ul/.
The Irish word for mouth is béal /bay-eh-ull/.
The term for lips is beola /bee-oh-luh/.
The word for moustache, should you need it, is croiméal /krum-aye-ul/ and the Irish word for beard is féasóg /fay-us-owe-guh/.
The word we use for cheeks is leicne /leh-ik-neh/.
The Irish word for nose is srón /shh-roe-un/.
The word for eye is súil. We have súil amháin one eye and súil eile another eye. The plural form of the word súil is súile. So, you could say: seo hiad mo shúile – these are my eyes.
An eyelid is a caipín súile /kah-peen sue-ill-eh/ or mogall súile /muh-gal sue-ill-eh/
An eyelash is a fabhra /fow-ra/.
The word we use for eyebrow is mala /mah-lah/. And if, like me, you have bushy eyebrows, you might say tá malaí giobacha orm /thaw mah-lee gyuh-bukh-a urr-um/.
And moving up to where we started, we have the forehead – which in Irish is commonly called clár éadain /klaw-urr aye-ah-din/ or clár baithise /klaw-urr bah-ish-uh/.
Sin sin, a chairde – that’s that!
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Slán go fóill – Bye for now.
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