Introductions and greeting people

Do you know how to say hello in Irish and introduce yourself? Learn some helpful words and phrases and test yourself on others you may already know!

Dia duit / daoibh!

Dia is Muire duit / daoibh.

Maidin mhaith.

Tráthnóna maith.

Oíche mhaith.

Fáilte.

Slán!

Feicfidh mé arís thú.

Feicfidh mé amárach thú.

Hello!

Hello. (in response)

Good morning.

Good afternoon.

Good evening.

Welcome.

Goodbye.

I'll see you again.

I'll see you tomorrow.

You may have noticed that you can both say Dia duit and Dia daoibh. The duit form is used when talking to one person at a time, and the daoibh form when speaking to a group of people at once.

When a person greets you with Dia duit or Dia daoibh, you don't just repeat them but respond with Dia is Muire duit.

Cad é mar atá tú?

How are you?

In any conversation, the first question you're always usually asked is "How are you?"

That's why it's important to know how to tell someone how you're feeling.

Tá áthas orainn - We are happy

Cad é mar atá tú?

Tá mé...

...... orm.

How are you?

I am...

I have ..... on me.

Look at the different feelings below and see how you're feeling today. Cad é mar atá tú inniu?

Tá mé go maith. Tá áthas orm.

I'm good. I'm happy.

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Did you notice that in Irish, we use orm when talking about feelings and emotions?

Orm is the prepositional pronoun for on me. In Irish, we describe feelings and emotions being "on" someone.

We can change who is experiencing the feeling or emotion by changing the prepositional pronoun ar.

Learn more about prepositional pronouns in this guide.

Tá áthas orm.

Tá áthas ort.

Tá áthas air.

Tá áthas uirthi.

Tá áthas orainn.

Tá áthas oraibh.

Tá áthas orthu.

Tá áthas ar Mháire.

Tá áthas ar m'athair.

Tá áthas ar na cailíní.

I am happy.

You are happy.

He is happy.

She is happy.

We are happy.

You are happy. (plural)

They are happy.

Máire is happy.

My father is happy.

The girls are happy.