Seanfhocail: 10 Irish Proverbs

One great way to learn Irish is by learning off proverbs. And what’s more, they contain much, much wisdom! In this video Múinteoir Alanagh will teach you 10 classic Irish proverbs, known as ‘Seanfhocail’.

Seanfhocail: 10 Irish Proverbs

1. Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin. – There’s no hearth like your own hearth (There’s no place like home).

2. Ní neart go cur le chéile. – There’s strength in unity.

3. Ní dhéanfadh an saol capall rása d’asal. – You can’t make a racehorse out of a donkey. (i.e. a leopard can’t change its spots).

4. Tús maith leath na hoibre. – A good start is half of the work.

5. Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí. – Praise the youth and they will prosper.

6. Ní bhíonn saoi gan locht. – There’s no wise man without fault.

7. An rud is annamh is iontach. – Rare things are beautiful.

8. Is fearr an tsláinte ná na táinte. – Health is better than wealth.

9. Ní thuigeann an sách an seang. – The well-fed don’t understand the lean.

10. Níor bhris focal maith fiacail riamh. – A good word never broke a tooth (i.e. it doesn’t hurt to be kind).

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