Is Erin go Bragh the only close encounter you've had with the Irish language? (Translation: Ireland Forever!)
Many people think that Irish is merely English -- spoken with a lilting brogue. Actually, it's a Gaelic accent coloring the English!
The first written record of the language dates back to the 4th century. Throughout the ensuing centuries Irish Gaelic evolved into Scottish Gaelic in Scotland, and into the Manx Gaelic on the Isle of Man.
With the arrival of the English in the 18th century, the language of the Irish was banned in Ireland, but it was impossible to destroy. Today, Irish is still taught in Irish schools, and spoken by many people in Ireland
and in Irish communities around the world.
Today, if you
really want to get in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, say
it in Irish!.... Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit (La ale-lah pwad-rig son-ah ditch) -- Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Here are more Gaelic expressions (with pronunciations) perfect for St. Patrick's Day::
Cheers! Good health! - Slainte! (slawn-cha) Kiss me, I'm Irish - Tabhair póg dom, táim Éireannach (too-irr pogue dum, toyme ay-ron-ock) A pint of Guinness, please. - Pionta Guinness, le do thoi. (pyunta Guinness leh duh hull) Green beer - beor ghlas (byore gloss) Long life to you- Saol fada chugat(sail faddah coogit) A whiskey, please - Uisce beatha le do thoil(Ish-ka-ba-ha leh duh hull) How are you? - Conas ata tu? (cunn-us ah-taw two) I am very drunk - Ta me are meisce (taw may air mesh-keh)
More about Irish Gaelic around the Web:
Dailti.com - A great site for learning the
fundamentals of the Irish language, including written and audio translations for common phrases and proverbs.
Irish Corner - This site features a great selection
of e-cards for St. Patrick's Day that can be personalized
with a choice of messages in Gaelic as well as cards with
the message Lá Fhéile Pádraig
and Beannacht Lá Fhéile Pádraig.