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

Article on how to make arrangements to meet someone in Irish.
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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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