When you’re travelling to a new country or you meet people from other parts of the World, one of the easiest ways to instantly connect with them is to greet them using their own language.
Yes, English is spoken and understood by a lot of people, but greeting someone new by using their own language shows a higher level of commitment and motivation towards them and their culture.
We don’t know how many Irish people you’ll meet in your lifetime and (sadly) there’s a big chance that they don’t even speak Irish Gaelic, but if you’re visiting the Gaeltacht, meeting people from those areas or just trying to identify yourself with your Irish heritage, learning an Irish greeting will do you only good.
In the following pronunciation video we’ll learn a simple way to greet someone in Irish by saying “Hello” to them and we’ll also find out how to respond when someone else is greeting us in Irish by saying “Hello” to us.
How to Say – Hello in Irish Gaelic (Pronunciation Video)
/Jee-ah ghwitch (throaghty gh)/
Dia is Muire dhuit
/Jee-ah iss Mwir-eh ghwitch/
Hello! (in reply to Dia dhuit)
Dia duit! Siobhán here from Bitesize Irish Gaelic. I speak a Connaught dialect.