Tell the Time in Irish

In this video, we learn how to speak about the time “trí Ghaeilge”!

How to tell The Time in Irish

When talking about the time in Irish it is important to first know how to say “the time”. In this case, it is “an t-am”. When you want to talk about time being äfter the hour you would use “tar éis” whereas before the hour would be “chun”. Thus, “ceathrú tar éis” would be “a quarter past” or “fifteen minutes past” , thus “a quarter past one” would translate as “ceathrú tar éis a haon”. To say “half an hour past” you’d say “leathuair tar éis”, with “half past two” being “leathuair tar éis a dó”. 

To say “fifteen minutes before” you’d say “ceathrú chun”. So, “fifteen minutes until five” would be “ceathrú chun a cúig”.Then, finally, to say “o clock” you simply say “a chlog”. So, putting it altogether, “It is half an hour past two o clock” would be “Tá sé leathuair tar éis a dó a chlog”. You can use this grammatical structure and vocabulary for most expressions of time in the Irish language. 

Watch the video to practice your pronunciation of these phrases and become more familiar with talking about time in the Irish language.

Samplaí Eile / Other Examples:

– Díreach ag a dó a chlog = At exactly two o’ clock.

– Cén t-am é? = What time is it?

– Tá sé a trí a chlog = It is three o’ clock.

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