How To Say – No in Irish Gaelic (VIDEO)

Some of the easiest words in English have more than way of being used in Irish. If you remember our blog post and video about How to say “Yes” in Irish Gaelic, you know what we’re talking about. Saying “No” in Irish Gaelic “falls” into the same category we described above so we thought it would be a good idea to teach you How to say “No” in Irish Gaelic.

Of course we’ll be using an Irish pronunciation video and yes, of course we’ll provide you with more details!

How to say – No in Irish Gaelic (Pronunciation Video)

There are no words in Irish for “yes” and “no”.  In the present tense, there are two different ways of answering no, as there are two different types of question structures.

“An” + noun

An Meiriceánach tú?
/On Mer-ih-cawn-okh too?/
Are you an American?

Ní Meiriceánach mé.
/Nee Mer-ih-cawn-okh may/
I’m not an American.

Ní hea
/Nee ha/
It’s not

“An” + verb

An bhfuil tú ann?
/On wil too awn/
Are you there?


/bee/
To be

An bhfuil tú?
/On wil too?/
Are you?

Níl mé
/Neel may/
I am not

SHORT ANSWER: You answer no by using the  negative form of the verb used to ask the question.  Dia duit! Siobhán here from Bitesize Irish Gaelic. I speak a Connaught dialect.

More details on How to say – No in Irish Gaelic

Video transcriptThere are no words in Irish for “yes” or “no”. Today I will focus on saying no. In the present tense, there are two different ways of answering no, as there are two different types of question structures.

The first type begins with the Irish word “an” and is followed by a noun. For example “An Meiriceánach tú?”, “Are you an American?” Meiricéanach is the noun.

To answer no to this question, you say “Ní Meiriceánach mé” or the short version is Ní hea.

The second type of sentence structure also begins with “an” but is followed by a verb. For example, “An bhfuil tú ann?” Are you there? The word “bhfuil” in the sentence is a form of the verb “bí”, meaning “to be”.

To answer no to the question “An bhfuil tú ann?” you say “Níl mé” which means “I am not.”

In short, you answer no by using the negitive form of the verb used to ask the question.

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