Have you ever wondered why, when we learn a new language, one of the first things we want to learn—apart from a few swear words… ha!—is to say “I love you”?
So it turns out that the phrase “I love you” in Scottish Gaelic sounds lovely!
Maybe you’ve met a Scotsman or Scotswoman, and you want to impress them. Or maybe you’re an Outlander fan or just a devotee of languages.
Whatever the reason you are reading this post, you are about to learn to say “I love you” in one of the most beautiful languages in the world.
So let’s get started!
I love you
“Tha gaol agam ort.”
Tha = is (verb to be)
gaol = love
agam = my
ort = on you
So it literally means something like this: “My love is on you.”
[Hah GEUL AH-kum orsht]
I’ve recorded myself saying this sentence clearly so that you can practice the pronunciation.
I love you too
Now you’re going to learn to respond to the previous sentence by saying “I love you too”, which is almost the same as “I love you”.
“Tha gaol agam ort-fhèin.”
fhèin = self
[Hah GEUL AH-kum orsht-HEH-een]
The vowel sound in fhèin sounds just as in “pale,” “fail,” etc.
I hope this post has been helpful and you’ve been able to learn something new.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.
If you want to learn Gaelic for free, you may be interested in reading my post Scottish Gaelic Courses for Free, full of useful information about this wonderful language.
I also recommend you Everyday Gaelic by Morag MacNeill, a useful book with basic words and phrases, ideal for beginners. [Note: This is an affiliate link. You can read my disclosure by clicking here.]
Happy learning! 🙂