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Speaking our Language

How are you? (plural / polite) Ciamar a tha sibh?

Look out for the following pieces of vocabulary in this clip.

To ask how someone is, you would say:

how are you? - ciamar a tha sibh?

There are two words for you in Gaelic: sibh and thu

Use thu when you speak to a child or friend.

Use sibh to talk to someone older than you, someone in authority or more than one person.

you - sibh

If in doubt, use sibh.

Postman Halò, a Mhàiri.
Ciamar a tha sibh?
Hello Mary.
How are you?
Young man Haidh.
Ciamar a tha sibh?
How are you?
Man Halò, a Mhàiri. Hello, Mary.
Woman Halò Iain.
Ciamar a tha sibh?
Hello Iain.
How are you?
Woman Ciamar a tha sibh? How are you?
Man Halò, Eilidh.
Ciamar a tha sibh, Ailein?
Hello Helen.
How are you Allan?
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