Start the official year of the Irish language (Bliain na Gaeilge 2018) right with these easy phrases

Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 (the official year of the Irish language) is officially underway with Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar launching the first packed six months of events last December.

“Throughout Bliain na Gaeilge we want to celebrate the Irish language and encourage as many people as possible to get involved,” Varadkar said at the launch.

“Whether you are a fluent Irish speaker, if you are just learning the language, or if you haven’t used your Irish in years, this is an opportunity to improve your fluency, learn more about the language and encourage your neighbors, friends and colleagues to embrace the language in their everyday lives.”

Read more: 2018 is officially the year of the Irish language

For IrishCentral readers in the US who have yet to follow up on their dreams of learning Gaeilge (Irish), we thought we’d get you started off for the year with these top phrases and terms that will help you in your first Bliain na Gaeilge conversations.

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If you want to learn more about how you can learn Irish in the US, look below!

Top Bliain na Gaeilge phrases:

1. Is mise … :

Is mish-uh

I’m …

2. Táim ag foghlaim na Gaeilge:

Tawm eg fowlim na Gwaol-geh

I’m learning Irish.

3. Céard í an Ghaeilge ar:

Kerd ee an Gwaol-geh air

What is the Irish for …?

4. An féidir leat labhairt níos moille, le do thoil?:

An fayd-jur laawirt niece mwi-leh, le do hull?

An you speak slower please?

5. Tá Gaeilge agam:

Taw Gwaol-geh ahgum.

I have Irish.

6. Ní chainteoir líofa mé:

Knee kine-tour lee-o-fah may

I’m not a fluent speaker.

7. An bhfuil Gaeilge agat?:

An will Gwaol-geh ahgut?

Do you have Irish?

8. Bím ag foghlaim na Gaeilge ar líne:

Bee-um eg fowlim na Gwaol-geh air lee-nuh

I learn Irish online.

9. Bím ag freastal ar ranganna Gaeilge:

Bee-um eg fras-tal air wrong-anna Gwaol-geh.

I attend Irish classes.

10. Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam:

Tear gone tanga, tear gone an-im (pronounce these like they are in English e.g. tear - crying a tear.)

A country without a language is a country without a soul.

Other way to learn Irish: 

If you’re looking to start classes from scratch, brush up on what you know or are looking for further ways to practice, you can find more info on how to do so in our guide to learning the Irish language for free.

Or check out our Facebook live on the Irish language and leave us any further questions you may have in the comments section, below.

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Posted by on Dé Máirt, 4 Aibreán 2017

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Doireann Ni Robhartaigh from Gaelscoil Cois Feabhail Choir in Donegal plays her Harp for An Taoiseach at the launch Bliain na Gaeilge 2018.