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What are some useful Scottish Gaelic phrases?

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"Halo," or "hello," often begins a conversation followed by, "How are you," or "Ciamar a tha thu/sibh?" "Thu" is the informal "you" while the formal is "sibh." Greetings also can relate to the time of day. "Madainn/Feasgar/Oidhche mhhath" is, respectively, "Good morning," "Good afternoon" or "Good night."

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Meeting someone for the first time can include asking for the person's name: "Dè an t-ainm a th'ort?" The proper response would be, "Is mise ...," followed by the name.

One who is unsure about a statement or topic can answer, "Chan eil mi 'tuigsinn," meaning "I do not understand." If the misunderstanding is because of the speed of the speaker's speech, it can follow with, "An urrainn dhut bruidhinn nàs maille?" It means, "Could you speak more slowly?"

In a store, a shopper who is unsure of a price can ask, "Dè a' phrìs tha seo?" or "Dè tha e 'cosg?" The questions mean, "How much is it," referring to the item. After receiving the answer, an expression of gratitude can be offered: "Tapadh leat," which is "Thank you."

At the Christmas and New Year's holidays, the greeting, "Nollaig chridheil agus bliadhna mhath ùr" can be used to wish someone a good holiday season.

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