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How To Ask And Reply To "How are you?" In Irish (as Gaeilge)

Updated on August 9, 2012

Illogical Madness

Learning Irish, or Gaeilge,  is the same as learning any other language; simple, but requires work. But learning to speak Gaeilge like and Irish person requires hard work and the mentality to understand a language that seems to follow rules that were written my a paint licking fool.

Which it most likely was.


How are you?

To say "How are you?" as gaeilge, you say "Conas atá tú?"

This is pronounced "Con-aus ah-taw too?"

"I am good, thanks"

In Ireland, many people ask "How are you?"- or "Howaya?" depending on the location - although don't be surprised if they don't give a **** how you actually are. That's a bit of an exaggeration, but what I mean is that "How are you?" is often used as a greeting, and is usually replied to with "I'm good thanks", no matter how you actually are feeling. This stems from the Irish speaking English as if it was directly translated from Gaeilge. Here's how to say it as gaeilge:

"I'm good thanks" as gaeilge is "Tá mé go maith".

This is pronounced "Taw may go moh"

You can also say "I am good, thanks, and yourself?", which is "Tá mé go maith, go raibh maith agat, agus túsa"

This is pronounced "Taw may go moh, go rev moh og-gut, og-us tos-ah?"

Other replies

Of course, you may want to actually let the other person know how you are, so here are a few other possible replies, all of which you can add in "go raibh maith agat, agus túsa?" for both sensical and non-sensical reasons.

"I am not good" - "Nil mé go maith" pronounced "Kneel may go moh"

"I am awful" - "Tá mé go h-uafásach" pronounced "Tah may go ew-faws-ok"

"I am wonderful" - "Tá mé go hiontach" pronounced "Tah may go heen-tok"

"I am very drunk" - "Tá mé an meisce" pronounced "Tah may on mass-kah"


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      caoimhe 3 years ago

      for "i am awful", you should say "táim uafásach". you don't need the "go" in this case.

      it should be "ar meisce" and not "an meisce" (yes, it's literally "on drunk", but that's just how you say it)

      i think you should also add that we sometimes say "conas atá tú?" and the reply is just "conas atá tú?" as a greeting, kind of the way some people say howye instead of hello when it really means "how are you?"

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      cfin 5 years ago from The World we live in

      Nice work.

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I love languages and enjoyed this Hub. Though I'm not sure there are many people I can practice this one with. Fun Hub!

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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      That was amusing worth a hop up.

      Thanks for the nice time you gave me :)