Irish Numbers

Irish Numbers

If you're trying to learn Irish Numbers which is also called Gaelic, check our courses about Cardinal Numbers and Ordinal Numbers... to help you with your Irish grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Irish. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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Irish Numbers

Learning the Irish Numbers is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you practice the subject, the closer you get to mastering the Irish language. But first we need to know what the role of Numbers is in the structure of the grammar in Irish.

Irish cardinal number convey the "how many" they're also known as "counting numbers," because they show quantity. Here are some examples:

English NumbersIrish Numbers
numbersCounting and the numbers
onea haon/aon
two
threetrí
fourceathair
fivecúig
six
sevenseacht
eightocht
ninenaoi
tendeich
elevena haon déag
twelvedó dhéag
thirteentrí cinn déag
fourteenceathair déag/ceithre cinn déag
fifteencúig déag/cúig cinn déag
sixteensé déag/sé cinn déag
seventeenseacht déag/seacht cinn déag
eighteenocht déag/ocht gcinn déag
nineteennaoi déag/naoi gcinn déag
twentyfiche/scór
hundredcéad
one thousandmíle
millionmilliún

As you can see from the example above, the structure of the Numbers in Irish has a logical pattern. Locate the Numbers above and see how it works with the rest of the sentence in Gaelic.

List of Ordinal Numbers in Irish

Irish Ordinal numbers tell the order of things in a set: first, second, third, etc. Ordinal numbers do not show quantity. They only show rank or position. Below is a list of the Cardinal Numbers and Ordinal Numbers in Irish. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Irish vocabulary.

English NumbersIrish Numbers
Ordinal Numbers
firstan chéad
secondan dara
thirdan tríú
fourthan ceathrú
fifthcúigiú
sixthséú
seventhseachtú
eighthochtú
ninthnaoú
tenthdeichiú
eleventhan t-aonú ceann déag
twelfthdara ceann déag/an dóú ceann déag
thirteenthan tríú ceann déag
fourteenthan ceathrú ceann déag
fifteenthan cúigiú ceann déag
sixteenthan séú ceann déag
seventeenthan seachtú ceann déag
eighteenthan t-ochtú ceann déag
nineteenthan naoú ceann déag
twentiethan fichiú ceann
onceaon uair amháin
twicedhá uair/ faoi dhó

Cardinal Numbers and Ordinal Numbers have a very important role in Irish, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with the Gaelic Numbers, you might want to check the rest of our Irish lessons here: Learn Irish. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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