Numbers in Irish

Learn numbers in Irish

Knowing numbers in Irish is probably one of the most useful things you can learn to say, write and understand in Irish. Learning to count in Irish may appeal to you just as a simple curiosity or be something you really need. Perhaps you have planned a trip to a country where Irish is the most widely spoken language, and you want to be able to shop and even bargain with a good knowledge of numbers in Irish.

It's also useful for guiding you through street numbers. You'll be able to better understand the directions to places and everything expressed in numbers, such as the times when public transportation leaves. Can you think of more reasons to learn numbers in Irish?

The Irish language (Gaeilge), or Irish Gaelic, belongs to the Celtic languages of the Indo-European languages family. Spoken in Ireland and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, it counts about 78,000 speakers.

List of numbers in Irish

Here is a list of numbers in Irish. We have made for you a list with all the numbers in Irish from 1 to 20. We have also included the tens up to the number 100, so that you know how to count up to 100 in Irish. We also close the list by showing you what the number 1000 looks like in Irish.

  • 1) aon
  • 2)
  • 3) trí
  • 4) ceathair
  • 5) cúig
  • 6)
  • 7) seacht
  • 8) ocht
  • 9) naoi
  • 10) deich
  • 11) aon déag
  • 12) dó dhéag
  • 13) trí déag
  • 14) ceathair déag
  • 15) cúig déag
  • 16) sé déag
  • 17) seacht déag
  • 18) ocht déag
  • 19) naoi déag
  • 20) fiche
  • 30) tríocha
  • 40) ceathracha
  • 50) caoga
  • 60) seasca
  • 70) seachtó
  • 80) ochtó
  • 90) nócha
  • 100) céad
  • 1,000) míle
  • one million) milliún

Numbers in Irish: Irish numbering rules

Each culture has specific peculiarities that are expressed in its language and its way of counting. The Irish is no exception. If you want to learn numbers in Irish you will have to learn a series of rules that we will explain below. If you apply these rules you will soon find that you will be able to count in Irish with ease.

The way numbers are formed in Irish is easy to understand if you follow the rules explained here. Surprise everyone by counting in Irish. Also, learning how to number in Irish yourself from these simple rules is very beneficial for your brain, as it forces it to work and stay in shape. Working with numbers and a foreign language like Irish at the same time is one of the best ways to train our little gray cells, so let's see what rules you need to apply to number in Irish

  • Digits from zero to nine have specific names: neoni [0], aon (or haon when preceded with the particle a) [1], [2], trí [3], ceathair [4], cúig [5], [6], seacht [7], ocht (or hocht when preceded with the particle a) [8], and naoi [9].
  • The tens are: deich [10], fiche [20], tríocha [30], ceathracha [40], caoga [50], seasca [60], seachtó [70], ochtó [80], and nócha [90].
  • Teens are formed by starting with the unit, followed by déag or dhéag (for twelve): aon déag [11], dó dhéag [12], trí déag [13], ceathair déag [14], cúig déag [15], sé déag [16], seacht déag [17], ocht déag [18], and naoi déag [19].
  • Compound numbers beyond twenty-one are formed starting with the ten, followed by the counting particle a, then the unit (e.g.: fiche a cúig [25], ceathracha a trí [43]).
  • Hundreds are formed by stating the multiplier digit before the word for hundred (céad), except for one hundred: céad [100], dó céad [200], trì céad [300], ceathair céad [400], cúig céad [500], sé céad [600], seacht céad [700], ochd céad [800], and naoi céad [900].
  • Thousands are formed by stating the multiplier digit before the word for thousand (míle), except for one thousand: míle [1,000], dó míle [2,000], trì míle [3,000], ceathair míle [4,000], cúig míle [5,000], sé míle [6,000], seacht míle [7,000], ocht míle [8,000], and naoi míle [9,000].
  • The word for million is milliún.
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