Lesson 1: Greetings

This is the first of our series of podcasts for you to enjoy and learn some Irish. Let’s start with some simple greetings and farewells. Let us know what you think by posting your comments. You can also email us at info@easyirish.com or even via our Contact Us page. We will be delighted to hear from you and answer any queries you may have.

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Dia duit / Dia is Muire duit.
Hello (To one person).
Dia daoibh / Dia is Muire daoibh.
Hello (To more than one person).
Maidin mhaith.
Good morning.
Cad é mar atá tú?
How are you? (Ulster dialect).
Tá mé go maith.
I'm well.
Tá mé go breá.
I'm fine.
Go raibh maith agat.
Thank you.
Slán (go fóill).
Goodbye (for now).
Chífidh/Feicfidh mé ar ball thú / sibh.
I'll see you later ('Sibh' for plural).

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44 comments on “Lesson 1: Greetings
  1. Davy says:

    done my first lesson great, well done lads

  2. Alicia says:

    This is great – I am inspired – I keep playing it over and over so I can get the hang of it 🙂

  3. Leslie says:

    Thanks for doing this!

  4. angela crowe says:

    just going to give this a go now. yikes lol

  5. Natali says:

    Is there anyway you can include the actual spelling in the post so we can learn to write it as well as speak it?

  6. Mindy says:

    This is great, thank you so much for putting this up! I’ve visited Ireland once, and can’t wait to go again. I’m of Irish descent. Now I’ll have something to say….or at least to entertain everyone there by how bad I am! 😉

  7. samuel kirkpatrick says:

    absolutely fantastic why was I so stupid when I was a lad ,,,,god bless you both,,,,,,,,,,,Sam,,,

  8. Devin says:

    Anyway we could get the phonetic spelling on these words?

  9. Sharon Douglas says:

    Ar fheabhas!!! Go raibh míle maith agaibh!!

    Keep this up lads, its absolutely terrific!

  10. Medbh says:

    Thank you so much for this! I’ve been meaning to try and learn some Irish for a long time – I’m Northern Irish on my mother’s side and I was born there, but I’ve lived elsewhere for most of my life. A lot of the good teaching sites that I find only cover the Munster dialect, whereas I’d rather to learn the Ulster dialect, but this is absolutely perfect! Thanks again.

    • admin says:

      Go raibh maith agat a chara and glad you are enjoying the site. Let us know if you need any help. Ádh mór!

  11. Kieran O' Callaghan says:

    Alright lads i just started podcast one it is very good, i am trying to learn Irish as my son is going to gael scoil in September, although i done Irish at school i was not very good at it, but the difference is now i want to learn it, i heard you mention there are a few different types of Irish depending on what part of the country i am from, would this throw me off learning from ye as i am from Cork. Keep up the good work,Sláin ha ha probably spelled wrong i hope ye do spelling lessons as well ha ha

    • admin says:

      Dia duit Kieran, there are obvious pronunciation differences and a few grammar differences, for example, the pronunciation of ‘maigh’ in Ulster Irish sounds like [my] and more like [ma] in southern dialects. Fair play for giving it a go and the more you hear and learn, the more you’ll become aware. Ádh mór and keep in touch.

  12. Dave says:

    Geodutch. (sry if i spent it wrong) So i didnt get how you say How are you? Could you tell me? And is it available to get the word translations online without download?

    • admin says:

      Dia duit Dave,
      Go raibh maith agat for your question.
      In Irish ‘How are you?’ is ‘Cad é mar atá tú?’
      I’ve put the lesson text within the web page. The download only opens a new page for the PDF file and is free.
      Ádh mór!

  13. Alexandra says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to create these lessons! I’m so excited. 🙂

    I’m a writer from all the way in Florida, USA, and I decided to learn some Irish for a book series I’m working on, but after starting learning I definitely want to learn just to learn. I have family from Ireland, and it’s amazing to be able to connect with my roots, so to speak.

    Thank you again!

  14. Kaitlyn says:

    Dia daoibh!

    I know you probably hear this a lot, but I just wanted to say thank you so much for EasyIrish.com! You don’t know how much of a blessing you are to me. It was impossible for me to find anything on Irish Gaelic without having to go out of town (which I can’t anyways), and when I found something online I couldn’t get it at all! See, I’m from a small city in south west Louisiana where the only languages they like to teach are French and Spanish. Again thank you for providing this free course!!

  15. Tresca Mckinley says:

    I cannot say go raibh maith agat Enough! I’ve been through countless of other sites and this one here is the winner in my book. I’m excited about learning my home language and my mom would be so excited with me if she still walked with me. Bless her and Bless you for this site. It’s truely easy and clear comprehension of the way it’s pronounced it’s easy to understand and it makes it fun to learn. How do you say thank you very or so much in irish gaelic? I do have another question I’m in Jacksonville, Florida in the united states how would i go about finding a group here to practice/learn with? Go raibh maith agat!

    • Patty says:

      Tresca there is an American organization called Daltai na Gaeilge that you can go to. They publish Irish teachers who are available in the US.
      To Jarlath and Antone(?) thanks. I have been learning Irish on and off for years and I enjoy you podcasts. You break the learning down in quick lessons. Go raibh maith agaibh.

  16. Christine says:

    This is amazing!I’ve been to so many websites and they haven’t helped as much as you have. Go raibh maith agat 🙂

  17. Boudewijn de Swart says:

    Just listened to your first lesson. I’ve been looking for a good way to learn Irish while driving in and out of work in the car everyday. I think I’ve found it. Thank you guys.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I Love learning irish with this website

  19. Jack says:

    I’ve been over to Northern Ireland 5 times to meet my relatives and I always felt I should try and speak a little Irish as a courtesy to them…this is the best site to learn it! Great Job.

  20. Stacey McGaughey says:

    Very nice. Thank you for making this resource available. My grandfather spent many hours, when he arrived in New Zealand at age 15, reading news papers aloud in his boarding house bedroom trying to loose his northern accent. I don’t know if he ever spoke Gaelic as a child but for the next 85 years he never uttered a word in it. He has passed, as has my father. I believe it is important to tell our children the stories of our fathers, and grandfathers, and great grandfathers. I do not speak nor understand Gaelic, yet when ever I hear it, it speaks to a part of me that I would like to share with my own son. Thank you again for such an accessible way to start that journey. S

  21. Patrick MacAndrews says:

    I grew up in mayo Ireland for 5 years than moved to the states when I was 6…I’m 25 now and lost touch with my Irish herratige and the language…this is awesome just listening to the first one little things are comeing back.

  22. billy teare says:


    just started learning. weekly lessons in the Linen Hall Library in belfast.
    That is where I found out about your site.
    It is a wonderful help, as I am not always able to get to lessons. I have started before, but this time want to progress as far as I can.

  23. Vicki says:

    I’m glad I found your site. My husband is from Derry and I’ve been wanting to teach our kids Irish, but didn’t want them sounding like they were from the south :).Good job lads.

  24. Patti Lavell says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing this! Go raibh maith agat! I’m from the States – of Irish descent – and am profoundly committed to seeing the Irish language thrive. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity to learn.

  25. Máire O'Sullivan says:

    Absolutely wonderful – I can listen and do my work and am truly learning!

  26. Seán Ó Donnghaile says:

    Maith sibh. Go raibh míle maith agatsa.
    Dia daoibh as Beal Feirsde Tuaisearht.
    Chífidh mé í cúpla lá.

  27. Steve Ryan says:

    Thar barr, lads! Is breá liom an podchraoladh seo!

  28. Deirdre says:

    Awesome! Thanks so much for keeping the language alive!

  29. Catherine Moloney says:


    I am from Kerry/Cork region and I am learning Irish to help my son in school, I am just wondering is there much difference between Ulster and Munster dialects? I don’t want to teach him something that may be seen as wrong here? Or are they all acceptable within the Irish curriculum?

  30. Paul Mc Veigh says:

    Hello this is the first time I have used this site and what a great job yous boys are doing I hope to here from you regarding further classes I am starting from scratch so hers hoping Pol .

  31. Eddie Mooney says:

    I’m from County Antrim but living in Manchester. Thought it was time to learn my own language (!) and this is the best on line resource I’ve found. It’s good you can download mp3s and pdfs to practice. Great stuff!

  32. Louise says:

    Ha thanks, I shouldve learnt some irish years ago but I really appreciate finding a podcast that starts slow 🙂 🙂 🙂

  33. James says:

    Thought I should give this a go, and wanted to try and learn my own dialect if possible, so really pleased to find this site – well done to you for putting it together

  34. Emily says:

    Go raibh maith agat tu guys SO much for this, its really helpful. It shows me that you really want to help people because of you guys not receiving any funds what so ever. Many Greetings from America.

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