Some of the easiest words in English have more than one way of being used in Irish. If you remember our blog post and video about How to say “Yes” in Irish, you know what we’re talking about. Saying “No” in Irish “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.
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 (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.
“An” + verb
An bhfuil tú ann?
/On wil too awn/
Are you there?
An bhfuil tú?
/On wil too?/
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. I speak a Connacht dialect.
More details on How to say – No in Irish
Video transcript: There 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 negative form of the verb used to ask the question.