Irish Language Days Of The Week 📅 – Translating Calendrical Terms
Irish Language Days Of The Week 📅: In this blog, we share with you the Irish language equivalent of the days and months. In addition, we also share with you some calendrical/temporal terms translated into the Irish Gaelic (or simply Gailge). FluentIrish suggests that you read on so you can learn more.
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Now, have you ever wondered what the Irish Gaelic translations are for the days of the week, the months of the year and the known seasons? You do not need to worry about looking for a place to learn all of that as you can learn it all in this blog.
Below, we elaborate the days of the week, the months of the year and the four seasons in a year, and we translate them all into the Irish language. As a bonus, we will also translate the time of the day (i..e, day, noontime and night) into the Irish language. You may be surprised as to how the days are used in a sentence as opposed to how they put it in the dictionary. We suggest that you should continue reading to know what we are talking about.
Days of the week and months and seasons of the year in the Irish language
If you are currently learning (or starting to get curious to learn) Irish, one of the first things that we suggest you start with are the days of the week.
With that out of the way, we present below the seven days of the week in Irish. If you simply need to utter the days, then you should only read and memorise these (pronunciations are from Bitesize):
Monday in Irish: Dé Luain (Jay LOO-in)
Tuesday in Irish: Dé Máirt (Jay march)
Wednesday in Irish: Dé Céadaoin (Jay KAY-deen)
Up next, we have:
Thursday in Irish: Déardaoin (JAY-ar-deen)
Friday in Irish: Dé hAoine (Jay HEEN-yeh)
Then what about the weekends? As for the weekends, we have:
Saturday in Irish: Dé Sathairn (Jay SA-ha-rin)
Sunday in Irish: Dé Domhnaigh (Jay DOH-nee)
Examples of how to use the days in a sentence:
- “Rachaimid ann ar an Déardaoin” translates to “We will go there on Thursday”.
- “Is é Dé Céadaoin an lá a théann mo mhac go dtí an pháirc.” translates to “Wednesday is the day my son goes to the park”.
On a side note, we urge you to read our blog talking about how similar Irish is to other languages and see how the days of the week are translated into other languages such as in Spanish.
Irish language days of the week: a bit of a difference
If you look at a dictionary, however, you might see a noticeable difference on the days of the week translated in Irish. For example, instead of seeing Dé Luain as Monday in the dictionary, they might instead translate it into An Luan.
What is An? To answer your question, the word An in Irish is simply an article. It is equivalent to “the” in English. When you do not use Dé, you can use An in front of the day and you should have the following word in the nominative case (e.g., An Luan for Monday).
Do note that Luan also means Monday, but you cannot say it like that only if you want to express yourself in the Irish language. When you talk about the days in Irish, you literally have to say it like this “The Day of Monday”, “The Day of Tuesday”, “The Day of Wednesday” etc., hence the use of Dé, which is an old Irish word for day. You also have to follow it with the genitive case of the name of the day (e.g., you should not use Luan; you should Luain instead).
What about the months and the seasons?
Now that we have shared with you the days of the week translated into the Irish language, we now present to you the months. The months are as follows:
|How you say the name of the month in English
|How you say the name of the month in Irish/Gaelic/Gaeilge
As for the seasons, there are four seasons in total:
- Winter season (Geimhreadh) – November, December, January (na Samhna, na Nollag, Eanáir)
- Spring season (Earrach) – February, March, April (Imbolc/beginning of Spring, then Feabhra, Márta, Aibreán)
- Summer season (Samhradh) – May, June, July (Bealtaine, Meitheamh, Iúil)
- Autumn season (Fómhar – Harvest) – August, September, October (Lúnasa, Meán Fómhair, Deireadh Fómhair)
Time of the day?
Is it morning? Noon? Or night time? Whatever time it is, you should know how they are translated into Irish. Below, we enumerate them:
maidin – morning
meán lae – noontime
tráthnóna – evening
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