Irish sayings Posted by Bridgette on Apr 30, 2021 in Idioms, Irish Language
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Expressions and sayings are always important to learn to sound more native, so here are some common Irish sayings. Feel free to write more in the comments!
Go néirí an bóthar leat
Translation: May the road be successful with you
Meaning: Good luck on your journey (literal and figurative)
Níl saoi gan locht
Translation: There isn’t a wise man without fault
Meaning: We have all got our weaknesses
Giorraíonn beirt bóthar
Translation: Two people shorten the road
Meaning: Life is better with companionship
Translation: A bad egg, a bad bird.
Meaning: Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree (negative)
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine
Translation: Under the shelter of each other, people survive
Meaning: Life is better with a community, companionship
Is olc an ghaoth nach séideann do dhuine éigin
Translation: It is a bad wind that does not blow to somebody
Meaning: No matter how bad something that happens, someone will benefit
Is fearr Gaeilge briste, ná Béarla clíste
Translation: Broken Irish is better than clever English
Meaning: Promote the use of Irish at any level
An té a luíonn le madaí, eiroidh sé le dearnaid.
Translation: He who lies down with dogs, gets up with fleas
Meaning: Being in bad company gets you in trouble
Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin
Translation: There’s no hearth like your own hearth
Meaning: There’s no place like home
Ní chaitheann an chaint an t-éadach.
Translation: Talk doesn’t wear the clothes
Meaning: Talk is cheap
Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí
Translation: Praise the young and they will flourish
Meaning: Positive reinforcement is best for children
Cuir síoda ar ghabhar ach is gabhar i gcónaí é
Translation: Dress a goat in silk and he still remains a goat
Meaning: You can’t change someone or something
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