Learn Irish Online

We specialise in Gaeilge for parents and everyday Irish. You can check out our Gaeilge Guides for Parents to be able to speak Irish at home, or our Irish for beginners and Rusty to Fluent series coming soon. 

Do You Really Know How to Say Hello in Irish?

how to say in irish Oct 28, 2022
An Irish pub with the name, 'Hello in Irish'

How confident are you to say hello in Irish? What about if there's more than one person to say hi to? 

 

Let's take a look at how to say hello in the Irish language. 

In Irish Gaelic, there is actually a different hello for one person and for more than one person. 

AND, how you say hello back to someone in Irish is different too. 

Let's break it down; 

 

Hello to one person in Irish

You say 'Dia Duit'

Pronunciation; [dee-a ghwitch]

Meaning; literally means 'God with you'

 

Saying hello back as Gaeilge

If someone has said, 'Dia Duit' to you. 

You reply with 'Dia is Muire Duit' to one person

Pronunciation; [dee-a iss mura ghwitch]

Meaning; literally means 'God and Mary with you' to one person

 

 

Hello to more than one person as Gaeilge

'Dia dhaoibh'

Pronunciation; [dee-a ghweeb]

Meaning; literally means 'God with you', plural. 

 

If you are saying hello back but there is more than one person, 

You reply with 'Dia is Muire Daoibh' 

Pronunciation; [dee-a iss mura ghweeb]

Meaning; literally means 'God and Mary with you' to more than one person

 

 

Sign up for our free weekly newsletter below that has lots of goodies and Gaeilge 

Irish for hello

hello gaelic

gaelic hello

hello in gaelic

gaelic for hello

hello in the Irish language

hello as Gaeilge

 The Best Irish Language Newsletter

Every week we deliver free mini lessons and lots of workbooks and goodies for you and the kids.