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Ar mhaith leat bualadh liom?/Do you want to meet me?

Here we will learn about making arrangements to meet people using the clock. Read and listen to the audio for each phrase and practise them out loud.

A useful phrase to know when making arrangements to meet someone is:

Cén t-am a mbuailfidh mé leat? What time will I meet you?

Or in the plural:

Cén t-am a mbuailfimid le chéile? What time will we meet?

For the reply, we simply use:

Buailfidh mé leat … I will meet you …
Buailfidh mé leat ag a haon a chlog I will meet you at one o’clock
Buailfimid le chéile ag a deich a chlog ar maidin We will meet at ten o’clock in the morning
Buailfimid le chéile ag a seacht a chlog tráthnóna We will meet at seven o’clock in the evening

When we want to suggest a time to meet someone we use:

Cad faoi …? What about …?
Cad faoi mheán lae? What about midday?
Cad faoina dó a chlog? What about two o’clock?
Cad faoina naoi a chlog san oíche? What about nine o’clock at night?

Note that when faoi comes before a, we use faoina for ease of pronunciation.


Another way of suggesting a time to meet is to use the following question:

An mbuailfidh mé leat …? Will I meet you …?

Or in the plural:

An mbuailfimid le chéile …? Will we meet …?
An mbuailfidh mé leat ag a haon a chlog? Will I meet you at one o’clock?
An mbuailfidh mé leat ar maidin le haghaidh caife? Will I meet you in the morning for coffee?
An mbuailfimid le chéile ag a ceathair a chlog? Will we meet at four o’clock?

When we ask what time to meet at and we want to suggest a time, we can use the following format:

Cén t-am a mbuailfimid le chéile? What time will we meet?
Cad faoina trí a chlog san iarnóin? What about three o’clock in the afternoon?

Depending on whether the time suits or not, we can use the following replies:

Feileann sé sin dom That suits me
Ní fheileann sé sin dom That doesn’t suit me

We can also just say:

Feileann That suits
Ní fheileann That doesn’t suit

We can also ask if it suits:

An bhfeileann sé sin duit? Does that suit you?

Or in the plural:

An bhfeileann sé sin daoibh? Does that suit you (plural)?

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This article is from the free online course:

Irish 102: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

Dublin City University

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