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Irish Gaelic is usually just called Irish; usually Gaelic means Scots Gaelic, a cousin language that is close, but not identical. The spelling was standardized in the 20th century, but the pronunciation wasn't, so there will be regional differences--there are at least three major dialects in Ireland. More on that another time.
But now, enough Irish for the chat room. No, there aren't many Irish speakers in the LiveIreland chat room, but some of us do like to use a touch of the language.

Fáilte (FALL-tcha) means 'welcome'. You'll probably have seen 'Céad míle fáilte' (KAYD meel-uh FALL-tcha) or 'One hundred thousand welcomes'.

Conas tá tú? (CON-us TAH too) -- How are you?

Tá mé go maith (TAH may guh MAH) -- I am good
This can also be 'Táim go maith' (TAHM guh MAH) or just 'Go maith'

Agus tú? (AH-gus too) And you?

Craic (crack) is good times, chat, fun...

You thank the wonderful DJ for playing your request by saying 'Go raibh maith agat!' (GUH RAH MAH AH-gut) or just abbreviate it as GRMA.
The response is sometimes 'fáilte', but traditionally it would be 'Ná habair é' (NAH HA-ber AY) --Don't mention it!

When you leave, you'll see Slán (SLAHN) which is a basic 'goodbye'.

If you want to get fancy, the person staying says 'Slán leat' (SLAHN LYAT) and the person going says 'Slán agat' (SLAHN AHGUT), but Slán works both ways. The words change if you are talking to more than one person, but another time for that.
Also if someone is going home, the phrase is 'Slán abhaile' (SLAHN uh-WHY-yuh) or 'Safe home'.

That's enough for now.
Slán!

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