You might find this lesson interesting:, In this lesson you can hear the pronunciation of the word health: sláinte. If you tell your friends “there was great craic at the session last night!” and they don’t happen to be Gaelophiles, they’re sure to give you a funny look (yes, this is the voice of experience talking). Someone asked me if I would be singing, and without thinking, I replied “No, I’m just going for the craic.” Definitely got some funny looks! People will say the weirdest things, won’t they? A few weeks ago, someone asked me for some common or frequently used Irish words and phrases. Slán is such a nice simple word that can be used so often. Youch! As you know, if you’ve been following this blog, while Irish is definitely still to be found, if you know where to look for it, it’s not exactly “common” outside of the Gaeltacht. Irish words used in English in modern Ireland without being assimilated to English forms include: People will say slán leat (slahn lyat) — “health with you” — to the person who is leaving. My personal favorite is “Phenamadán”, a mixture of the English word Phenomenal and the Irish word Amadán. While sláinte is the equivalent of the English “cheers,” it doesn’t actually MEAN “cheers” — you don’t use it, for example, as a stand-in for “thanks.” But say it in a pub, and everyone will know what you mean. Sláinte. slauntiagh – An obsolete word for sureties or guarantees, which comes from Irish, smithereens – small fragments, atoms. ), This is a list of English language words from the Celtic Irish language. Sláinte (SLAHN-cheh) is related to slán. Just be careful! For English words that originated in Ireland from other sources, see, List of English words of Scottish Gaelic origin, Lists of English words of international origin, "bother - Definition of bother in English by Oxford Dictionaries", "Bother definition and meaning - Collins English Dictionary", "slogan - Search Online Etymology Dictionary",, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles with failed verification from February 2019, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 31 October 2020, at 09:26. Needless to say, after taking an ‘Intro to Irish’ language class at the Irish Arts Center in NYC (where I live) a couple of years ago & then subscribing to BiteSize Gaelic to maintain my interest in at least keeping up my memory of basic phrases, I was ecstatic when, during the marathon, a runner in front of me at one point said to the volunteers passing out water, ‘go raibh meath agat’ – and I knew what he was saying! I am Mexican and have been asked (more than once if you can believe it) if I speak “Mexican” by the way… Not a pleasant thing to hear. Amadan… That Is a common word, is it not? Coshering (from Irish, crock – As in 'A crock of gold', from Irish, cross – The ultimate source of this word is Latin, erenagh – A hereditary holder of church lands. Required fields are marked *. “A Mhaighdean”? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The free online Irish to English translator for translation of words, phrases, and sentences. The literal meaning of the word is “healthy/sound.” Once upon a time, it was part of a longer phrase, go dté tú slán (guh jay too slahn), literally “may you go with health” (you’ll still hear this phrase in songs, such as the well-known “Siúl, A Rún“). Irish, glib – An obsolete term for a kind of haircut associated with warriors (because it protected the forehead) banned by the English. Learn how your comment data is processed.


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