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The Meaning Behind “Sláinte,” The Famous Irish Toast

The Meaning Behind “Sláinte,” The Famous Irish Toast August 24, 20172 Comments

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Slainte how to say it

You are probably all familiar with the term “Sláinte”.

Sláinte, meaning ‘Good Health,’ is an ancient Irish expression that derives from the word slán, meaning safe.

If you are from outside of Ireland it is probably one of the most miss pronounced words. We also came across this great video outlining some key Irish phrases and how to say them.

When should you use “Slainte?”

When downing a pint of Guinness you say ‘Sláinte’ before you begin to drink. Or any alcoholic beverage for that matter.
If you are trying to pronounce it correctly try and say it likeslawnt-cha’.

Another expression is ‘Go dte tú slán” (may you go safely), which is what you say when someone is leaving on a journey.

Looking to learn some Irish?

This short video covers a lot of the basics of Irish. You would be surprised how much you can pick up in 15 minutes!

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