How to say “I Love You” to your Irish Valentine

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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! What better way to wow your favorite Celtophile than by saying “I love you” in Irish Gaelic?

As a special Valentine’s gift to you, here are a few different ways to express your love, complete with audio tracks, so you can actually SAY them to your beloved!

So many ways to share the love!

Sometimes people are surprised by the many different ways to say “I love you” in Irish. Here are a few especially nice ones you may want to consider.

This is a very basic “I love you” said to one person. It can be used for anyone from your lover to your child to your granny:

  

 

Want to get a bit more passionate? Here’s something you might say to a lover or spouse. It literally means “My love to you,” and is used to mean “You are my beloved”:

  

 

And for that ultimate expression of love –“I’m in love with you” — here’s:

  

 

These tracks are from our complete lesson on Love and Terms of Endearment, available to Bitesize Irish Gaelic members. That lesson also includes various degrees of expressing affection, as well as ways to talk about love/expression in the third person and affectionate terms for people, each with an audio recording.

Looking for more?

Perhaps you’re looking for something to write on a card or gift tag? Here are a few options (just phonetics for these, I’m afraid…no audio!):

Do mo ghrá geal (duh muh ggrah gyal): For my dear/bright love

Do mo chéadsearc (duh muh KHAYD-shark): For my true love (this also works well for “soulmate.”)

Do stór mo chroí (duh stohr muh khree): For the treasure of my heart (so romantic!). Yes, for grammatical reasons, the “mo” has to be in the middle like that.

If you actually want to SAY these to your beloved, you’d replace do mo… (to/for my…), or do in the case of the last one, with a (pronounced “uh”), which is known as the vocative particle:

A ghrá geal (uh gghrah gyal)

A chéadsearc (uh KHAYD-shark)

A stór mo chroí (uh stohr muh khree).

We have quite a few other affectionate and/or friendly options for you here (link will open in a new window).

Or you can just keep it simple

Don’t want to mess with all the lovey dovey stuff? Just say “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

Lá fhéile Vailintín sona duit! (lah leh VAL-in-cheen SUN-uh ditch!)

Happy Valentine’s day from the Bitesize crew to you! Now get out there and share the love!

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Comments

  1. Gearóid Ó hAnnaidh says:

    Another reason for visiting Ireland, besides learning/improving one’s Irish,
    could be, to visit the Shrine to Saint Valentine

    http://www.herald.ie/news/lovers-make-pilgrimage-to-st-valentines-dublin-shrine-28000704.html

    Gearóid

  2. patrick mc nally says:

    A nice phrase i picked up in my study of irish. “An bhean is teo le m’chroi . The woman dearest to my heart. This might help some poor man stuck for a phrase on st. Valentines day.! Padraig.