Say A Gaelic Phrase Day

Thursday 22nd February 2024 is the third Say A Gaelic Phrase Day. This is an initiative to encourage people to try speaking Gaelic, or to use the Gaelic that they have! To take part, all you need to do is pick a Gaelic phrase from below (or make up your own one), learn how to say it (by listening to the audio file), make a video (on your phone, tablet or computer) and post it on social media using the hashtag #LàAbairtNaGàidhlig or #SayAGaelicPhraseDay. Simple as that!

Why not encourage your friends to take part – the more, the merrier! If you are feeling confident, you can combine multiple phrases using ‘agus’ (the Gaelic for ‘and’). If you are looking for more words, check out the Learn Gaelic Dictionary. If you want to find out more about speaking Gaelic, why not check out, SpeakGaelic, or Duolingo.

Say A Gaelic Phrase Day 2024

Everyday Phrases

Slàinte mhath!

(Slaaaaaaan-chih [as in chair] vah)

Good health/Cheers!

Tapadh leibh


Thank you

Is mise…

(Is mih-shih…)

I’m / My name is…

Ciamar a tha thu?

(Kimar uh haaa oo?)

How are you?

Ciamar a tha sibh?

(Kimar uh haaa shiv?)

How are you? (Polite/Plural)

Mòran taing

(Mow-ran tah-eenk)

Many thanks

Useful Gaelic Phrases

Tha mi ag ionnsachadh Gàidhlig

(Ha me uh-gyoo-suh-chag Gaaaalik)

I am learning Gaelic

Tha mi ag iarraidh Gàidhlig ionnsachadh

(Ha me uh-gee-uh-ree Gaaaalik yoon-su-chadh)

I want to learn Gaelic

Tha beagan Gàidhlig agam

(Ha bake-un Gaaaalik ah-kum)

I have a little Gaelic

Tha gaol agam ort!

(Ha goool ah-kum orshch [ch like chair] )

I love you

Likes / Dislikes

Is toil leam…

(Stull lum)

I like…

Is fìor thoil leam…

(Sfeeer hul lum)

I really like…

Cha thoil leam…

(Cha [as in loch] tul lum)

I don’t like…




Ceòl agus craic

(Kyaawl agus crachk [as in loch] )

Music and crack

Uisge-beatha agus irn-brù

(Ooosh-kih beh-huh agus irn-bru)

Whisky & Irn-bru

Ceòl na pìoba

(Kyaawl na pee-pih)

Pipe music


(Eee-uh-skuch [as in loch] )






(Trach- [as in loch] tur-un)



(Beh-ker-uchk [as in loch])



(Chawww–clitch [ch as chair])


You can choose your own words at

Sayings – Old & New!

Mairidh gaol agus ceòl

(Marry goool agus kyaaall)

Love and music will endure

O mo chreach!

(O mow chre-ach [as in loch] )

Oh no!

Cho sgìth ris a’ chù

(Choh [ch as loch] ski rish uh chooo [ch as loch] )

As tired as a dog / knackered

Nach buidhe dhut!

(Nach [ch as loch] boo-yah goot)

Lucky you! / Good luck!


(Klachk [ch as loch] eee)



(Klachk [ch as loch] eee ek un taoy)


Là Abairt Na Gàidhlig

(Laaah ah-purshch [ch as chair] nah Gaaah-lik)

Say a Gaelic Phrase day

Is sinne Alba

(Is sheen-nyih Aah-luh-puh)


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