Irish Sayings in Gaelic
A little bit of info about the Gaelic language...
The Gaelic language is traditionally associated with Ireland, but it actually represents three distinct languages, though all three are vastly similar in tone and origin.
These three languages are Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx Gaelic.
Up until several years ago, Irish Gaelic was mandatory coursework in schools in Ireland, but now students may choose to study a different language if they wish.
Manx Gaelic is also referred to as Old Irish, spoken on the Isle of Man, and is rarely used at this period in time.
Irish Sayings in Gaelic
Gaelic words are spelled very differently from how they are actually pronounced, and so can be difficult to learn.
However, there are a number of helpful resources on the internet that can help with pronunciation, and some even provide audio of GAelic words and phrases.
Additionally, there a some useful books that an be purchased in order to gain a better understanding of the Gaelic language and learn to speak Irish sayings in Gaelic.
Irish/Gaelic Translation Guidebooks
These useful books will help you translate Irish to Gaelic and back again, as well as teach you Irish sayings in Gaelic and proper writing, reading, and pronunciation of the Gaelic language.
Step-by-step guide to pronunciation and grammar
Since English is also spoken in the Gaelic-speaking areas, communication in Gaelic is not so much a matter of necessity as of choice and interest. This book, therefore, covers more than just the phrases needed by an outsider in a foreign land - it also dips into the chatty, the personal and domestic aspects of the language.
Irish Sayings in Gaelic - Internet Resources
These websites offer a bit of everything - information about the Gaelic language, as well as spelling, pronunciation, and even many audio samples.
- Irish Sayings audio samples
This site offers you a chance to hear Irish natives speak over 400 words and phrases in the main dialects of the Irish language ("Irish Gaelic").
- Gaelic and Gaelic Culture
Some audio samples of Gaelic words & phrases, as well as a comparison of the subtle differences between Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic.
- A Beginner's Guide to Irish Gaelic Pronunciation
An excellent resource to begin learning how to pronounce Gaelic words. Very informative and detailed.
Other Interesting Websites & Resources
You might also enjoy the following websites and resources that are related to the Irish and Gaelic culture.
- The Best Irish Blessings
Irish Blessings, Toasts and Prayers are part of an old tradition, and are basically meant to convey feelings of warmth and happiness, amongst both friends and strangers.
- Island Ireland
Island Ireland is an Internet directory to Irish art, culture and environment with hand-picked links to Irish history, architecture, music, news, genealogy, travel, literature, folk culture, archaeology, the Irish language and more....
- Irish Fairies & Folklore: Books & Music
Books and Music about Irish fairies and folklore.
- Irish Books & Music
Books and music related to the Irish and Gaelic culture
The Tales of Tanglewood - The Lon Dubh Whistle
"Lon Dubh" meaning "black bird".
Tales of Tanglewood: The Lon Dubh Whistle melds together influences of Celtic and Irish mythology with modern-day folklore, and is a fantasy novel to be enjoyed and cherished by all ages.