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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KierenMcCormack

Slang in Irish?

After finishing my tree I feel that i have a pretty good grasp on Irish but are there any examples of some slang words that someone would encounter if they visit Ireland?

July 24, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Knocksedan

Keiron, meet Clisare

(For better or worse, you're probably not likely to encounter any of these as Gaeilge unless you attend a Coláiste Samhradh in the Gaeltacht, but you may well encounter them as Béarla anywhere in Ireland)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Knocksedan

I was hoping someone else would jump in on this thread, but here's a few other suggestions.

The truth is, you'll be speaking English most of the time in Ireland, but there are some phrases as Gaeilge that you can use/encounter in day to day usage.

Sin a bhfuil - That's it.
Maith an Fear! - Good man!
Ceart go Leor - OK/All Right.
Is maith liom cáca milis - I like cake!
And don't forget An bhfuil cead agam dul go dtí an leithreas :-)

You might also encounter some rhyming phrases

Cúla Búla - Cool
Éasca Péasca - Easy Peasy
Sabháiste Cabáiste - Savage Cabbage. Savage is a term of approval in Hiberno-English
Rí Rá agus Ruaille Buaille - you had to be there.

And don't forget to say Go Raibh Maith Agat to your bus driver!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KierenMcCormack

Thank you for your help. I hope that i will encounter some Irish speakers on my trip. I am headed all around Ireland including the Gaeltachts like Galway and Donegal.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elenaki.a

I had an irish teacher who said 'ceart go lore' or 'maith go lore' at the end of every sentence. I was really frustrating because at first we had no idea what she was saying. But I can attest they're both good slang.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Knocksedan

You might get some use out of some out out of the Irish equivalents for some common "text-speak" terms, but only if the people you're texting with know to expect them from you.

grma - thanks Go Raibh Maith Agat
grmma - thank you very much Go Raibh Míle Maith Agat
GAO - LOL - Gáire Ós Ard
ABMTAG - LMAO - Ag Briseadh Mo Thóin ag Gáire


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Knocksedan

Note that lists of terms like this tend to do the rounds in early March during Seachtain na Gaeilge, in the run up to St Patricks Day.

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