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Aonad 2 Unit 2

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Learning to ask how someone is feeling and giving a variety of responses.

A key social courtesy is to ask how someone is.   We inquire about someone in Irish usually by asking:

Cad é mar atá tú?
How are you?

Cad é mar atá tú?

Cad é mar atá tú?

Do shealsa – your turn

Cad é mar atá tú?

Most people are positive in their replies, regardless of how they actually feel and might typically say in Irish

Tá mé go maith go raibh maith agat

I am well thank you

Tá mé go maith go raibh maith agat

Tá mé go maith go raibh maith agat

Do shealsa – your turn

Tá mé go maith go raibh maith agat

If you feel really good you might say, in a particularly Ulster Irish way

Tá mé ar dóigh
I am great

Tá mé ar dóigh

Tá mé ar dóigh

Do shealsa – your turn

Tá mé ar dóigh

Other responses could be

Tá mé go measartha

I’m middling or fairly good

Tá mé go measartha

Tá mé go measartha

Do shealsa – your turn

Tá mé go measartha

Or níl mé ach go measartha I’m only middling

Níl mé ach go measartha with a stress on the word ach

Níl mé ach go measartha

You could also say, more idiomatically, níl caill ar bith orm

I can’t complain

Níl caill ar bith orm

And if you happen to be in tiptop form, the answer to Cad é mar atá tú? could be

Tá mé ar mhuin na muice

I’m on the pig’s back

Tá mé ar mhuin na muice

Do shealsa – your turn

Tá mé ar mhuin na muice

When you reply by saying how you are, you would usually add

Agus cad é mar atá tú féin? And how are you? Note the words tú féin

Agus cad é mar atá tú féin?

Agus cad é mar atá tú féin?

tú féin can also be pronounced as tú féin

Agus cad é mar atá tú féin?

Listen to the following two exchanges.

Exchange 1

Cad é mar atá tú a Phóil?

Tá mé go maith go raibh maith agat. Agus cad é mar atá tú féin?
Níl caill ar bith orm.

Agus arís, and again

Cad é mar atá tú a Phóil?

Tá mé go maith go raibh maith agat. Agus cad é mar atá tú féin?
Níl caill ar bith orm.

Exchange 2

Cad é mar atá tú?

Níl mé ach go measartha? Cad é mar atá tú féin?

Tá mé ar dóigh!

Agus arís, and again

Cad é mar atá tú?

Níl mé ach go measartha? Cad é mar atá tú féin?

Tá mé ar dóigh!

How are you? or cad é mar atá tú? is often expressed as Cad é an dóigh atá ort? in Ulster.

Cad é an dóigh atá ort?

Cad é an dóigh ata ort?

Listen to the following exchange:

Bhuel a Phóil. Cad é an dóigh atá ort?

Tá mé go hiontach go raibh maith agat. Agus cad é an dóigh atá ort?

Níl caill ar bith orm

Did you hear? tá mé go hiontach – I am great

Tá mé go hiontach

Eíst arís

Bhuel a Phóil. Cad é an dóigh atá ort?

Tá mé go hiontach go raibh maith agat. Agus cad é an dóigh atá ort?

Níl caill ar bith orm

Until Aonad 3/Unit 3, slán go fóill – bye for now.

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