Scottish Gaelic Terms Of Endearment (With Phonetics)

This post may contain affiliate links of which we earn a small commission should you choose to purchase through them. This helps us to keep the site running. Thank you for your support

How hard is it to learn Scottish Gaelic? Personally, I think that learning Scottish Gaelic can be really difficult, especially if you are attempting to do some distance learning courses without the opportunity to hear people speak it frequently.

But don’t let that put you off because this is why I want to offer some free online videos which can help you begin to learn Gaelic!

These classes are aimed at those absolute beginners interested in trying a new language, those who are looking to learn with their children or those looking to refresh their memory on some of the basics.

Gàidhlig is a language that I am very passionate about and I want to make it as accessible as possible for those at a beginner level!

I was born in the Western Isles but grew up in Aberdeen so I have a mix of both East and West coast Gaelic language.

With that in mind, there may be some words that you hear speakers say slightly differently because dialects are still a thing, even among Gaelic speakers.

But I always think the best way to learn Scottish Gaelic is to watch someone else speaking Gaelic and to have the opportunity to listen to it at your own pace, which is why I have added phonetics in all of my videos to help you with the pronunciation of the words.

These phonetics are based on the sounds of the words as they are spoken, rather than the sound of the words as they are written, which I hope is of some benefit to you in your learning of Scottish Gaelic as learning to speak Gaelic can often be tricky with many silent letters and different sounds to remember.

So, if you are thinking of visiting Scotland, you live in Scotland or you are a big Outlander fan or you are interested in learning Gaelic words, phrases and pronunciation and you are looking to learn Scottish Gaelic online and quite rightly, learn Scottish Gaelic free, please subscribe to my Youtube channel and join our little community.

I would love to help anyone looking to learn some Scottish Gaelic and hope that this will be a welcome addition to the Gaelic/Gaidhlig videos already out there!

Scottish Gaelic Terms Of Endearment (With Phonetics) | Learn Scottish Gaelic

I really hope that you enjoy this video!

Terms of endearment or love phrases are always highly requested to be translated into Scottish Gaelic so I have tried to offer a number of options, including phonetics as always!

And I have also added the all-important translations of ‘I love you’ and ‘will you marry me?’ as these are highly requested!

M’eudail – Darling/Dear
Mo ghraidh – My love
Mo luaidh – My darling
Mo leannan – My Sweetheart
Chridhe – Heart
Mo chridhe – My heart
Tha thu bòidheach – You are beautiful
Brèagha – Pretty
Tha thu a’ coimhead… Bòidheach/Brèagha – You look beautiful/pretty
Gaol – Love
Tha gaol agam ort – I love you
Mo ghaol – My love
Gu sìorraidh is gu bràth – Forever and always ​​
Pòsadh – Marriage
Am pòs thu mi? – Will you marry me?


  1. Hi there! I think gaol might be misspelled just where u have the phrase ‘tha gaol agam ort’ it says ‘goal’ but I’m not an expert so I might be wrong I just wanted to point it out in case it was a typo!!

    1. Thanks Eilidh! 🙂

      Typing in Gaelic is not my favourite pastime, red squiggles everywhere! It can be hard to notice any actual mistakes!

    1. Hi Andy,

      Do you mean in Scottish Gaelic?

      Typically, for thank you, we would say ‘tapadh leat’ (tapa let) to those that we know/are familiar with.. or ‘taing’ (tie-nk) for thanks!


        1. Hi Jeff,

          There should be a video at the bottom of the post that goes through the pronunciations. I think it’s the second or third word in the video.

          Let me know if you can’t see the video and I can link it here.


  2. When we visited my grandmother she use to say (what sounded like) ‘ dimina how’ when she opened the door to welcome us in. I never knew what it meant. And any one who did know is long gone from the earth.
    I’d love to know after all these 60 odd years. Thank you.

    1. Hi Diana,

      Thanks for your comment.
      It sounds like your Grandmother may have been saying “Ciamar a Tha Thu”. Which is a greeting similar to how are you, usually used for greeting people you know such as friends or family. Lauren has a video about greetings here with the aforementioned phrase near the very beginning that should let you hear how it sounds as well as the phonetics. I hope that helps. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *