If you have never been to Ireland, than you should probably start taking notes on the things to prepare yourself for before your arrival. The Irish are a great bunch to visit, however understanding their “language” is quite difficult if you are not prepared ahead of time. Although the people of Ireland speak English, or better said, Irish, there are tons of phrases and sayings that an average traveler may not understand.
Heavy Accent That You Can’t Get Your Ear Around
If you are from Canada or America, and you are used to the accent of the “average” English, getting your ears acquainted to posh British or the wild Irish accents may be quite difficult. There are tons of words that are said with a different tone, and depending on which part of the country you are visiting, sometimes things can get so slurry that you find yourself thinking that they are speaking gibberish. Ireland is known to be a place of many dialects, and just when you think you have your ear wrapped around one, you go to a neighboring village where it seems a whole new language is spoken. The wild differences can even throw a true Irish a curveball now and again, in some places “kite” can sound a bit like “koyt”, “about” can sound like “a boat”, and “mouth” can sound like “maith” or even “moyth.”
Phrases and Sayings Only the Irish Use
It is hard enough to get your ears around the crazy dialect of Ireland, and then comes the greatest phrases that are mindboggling on their own. Things like “sure look it,” “whale of a time” and “who all’s there” are just some of the things used on a daily basis, which actually have some logic behind them. Other words like “boot” refer to the trunk of a car, “the jacks” are the men’s bathroom, “the guards” are the police officers, and “petrol” or “diesel” refers to gasoline in the car.
There should be a bible written and given out to travelers before heading to the great island for a visit. Places like the Irish Travel Bureau can help with booking an unforgettable trip. Whether you like a “go-as-you-please” bread and breakfast deal or a golf package at some of the most gorgeous castles on the land, one thing to remember is to take a local language bible with you.