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Irish Words

by Rosetta Stone
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If you have an itch to learn Irish, start with these simple Irish words and short phrases:

  • Yes = Tá
  • No = Níl
  • Hello = Dia duit
  • Goodbye = Slán
  • Cheers = Sláinte
  • Please = Le do thoil
  • Thank you = Go raibh maith agat
  • I’m sorry = Tá brón orm
  • Excuse me = Gabh mo leithscéal

If you’re planning a vacation or trip to an Irish speaking destination, getting a handle on some of the basics of a new language can completely change your experience. It will make it easier to connect with others in everyday situations at stores, hotels, museums and restaurants, and leave you feeling secure in your interactions.

Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® methodology is the best way to learn Irish. We teach you the language, not just the words, and prepare you to use your new language in your everyday life. So it’s not just about the features, but what you’re able to do because of them. It helps you get ready to handle situations with your new language with confidence.

Many people assume English is the spoken first language in Ireland. However, Irish is spoken as a first language in substantial areas of the country, and has recently experienced a revitalization. Irish has constitutional status as the national and first official language of the Republic of Ireland . It is also officially recognized as a minority language in Northern Ireland , and among the official languages of the European Union . The language has seen a revitalization because of new, Irish-only publications, television stations, and the growth of fully immersive Irish schools—where all courses are taught in Irish. Keep the Irish language alive and thriving with Rosetta Stone! We’ll teach you the foundations of Irish and develop vocabulary presented in a tested manner which will ensure better understanding of how to communicate confidently in Irish.

Unfamiliar consonant combinations, like bhF or mB, might look confusing to Irish language learners at first, and contribute to the myth that Irish is difficult to learn. However, Irish is a much more phonetically consistent language than English, which makes it more consistent in terms of pronunciation. Knowledge of this will allow you to pronounce long, compound words, that otherwise might seem laborious.

And Rosetta Stone is here to help make sure those words are pronounced correctly. Our patented TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine compares your voice in real-time to native speakers. This feedback is all you need to fine-tune your pronunciation and speak Irish with confidence. TruAccent is a powerful tool, and will have you speaking the Irish language in no time!

Surround yourself with Irish whenever, wherever with the Rosetta Stone app .

Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up.

The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.

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