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Greeting someone

How are you?

Here you will learn some handy phrases for greeting people. Read on!

There are lots of ways to greet people in Gaelic but this is the one you'll hear most often:

Ciamar a tha thu?How are you?

Listen, then repeat the words:

ThuYou
Tha thuAre you
Ciamar a tha thu?How are you?

Ciamar a tha thu? is a great phrase to use when talking to friends, but what would you say if you wanted to be a bit more formal?

When you are talking to someone older, someone you don't know, or more than one person - use the polite or plural form of you which is sibh:

Ciamar a tha sibh?How are you? (plural/formal)

Sibh is the plural form of You.

Listen to, and repeat the words:

SibhYou (plural/polite)
Tha sibhYou are
Ciamar a tha sibh?How are you?

Ok, you've now got those phrases...

... but what do you say if someone asks you the question? Well, in English you can answer How are you? in lots of ways, can't you?

And it's exactly the same in Gaelic! Here's how to say I'm well to a friend

Listen, then repeat the words:

Tapadh leatThank you
MathGood
Gu mathWell
Tha gu math!I'm well!
Tha gu math tapadh leatI'm well thank you