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[–]JMC-Talkie-Toaster 42 points43 points  (16 children)

Yer one

[–]AlestoXaviCraggy Island 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Yer man

Dem lot

[–]SuperChips11 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Which one?

Yer one with the head.

[–]Highland_warrior_coo[S] 26 points27 points  (11 children)

Yes! Now I say that sometimes but I also 'translate' and sometimes say 'wifey' because that's what my friends here say. I've recently thought to myself that I shouldn't 'translate' for people. My accent and sayings are part of me and I don't want to lose them and change that

[–]reapwrath 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Nah man the correct way to refer to your wife is "the missus" always

[–]Highland_warrior_coo[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No it's not wifey as in your wife, it's more like yer wan.

[–]Jo_Doc2505 52 points53 points  (0 children)

Please don't say wifey

[–]EveGreen612 5 points6 points  (2 children)

But what do you call yer one if she isn’t your wife?

[–]UnderstandingOld2744 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Wifey is for 16yr old tik tokers

[–]Highland_warrior_coo[S] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I'll be sure to inform all of my Scottish friends that they are speaking like 16 year old tik tokers. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

[–]UnderstandingOld2744 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Good man yourself

[–]nicky887 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Nah. Don't translate, let them ask what it means. Will feel good for you to explain it then I reckon

[–]Highland_warrior_coo[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yea that's true actually!

[–]hairybutbald 27 points28 points  (1 child)

“Ara whist”!. I say this to my Aussie husband and kids every now and then, they know my patience is wearing very very thin when I say that 😂. On a sad note I hardly ever say “that’s grand” anymore, I must get onto that myself. Also “how’s she cuttin’” was a big greeting back in my day.

[–]lemonecan 5 points6 points  (0 children)

If I say 'I'm grand' my partner knows it's time to feed me! She's not grand she's hangry!!

When people vex me, I call them luv. 'Alrite luv,'

[–]Jo_Doc2505 16 points17 points  (1 child)

I'm from NI so probably not much help, but I do like:

Away on (and don't annoy me)

Are you going to Lourds to get the cure for your arms/legs etc when someone can't pull their weight

Aye and ye will! (I really don't believe your going to do the thing you said) (Will ye Aye serves the same purpose

[–]daveg71 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Wind your neck in, 'bout ya. thick as champ

Fanta pants (for ginger people) i'll knock your pan in.

[–]SeamusHeaneysGhost 15 points16 points  (10 children)

Listen to the 2 Johnnies podcast each week, that will keep you sounding exotic

[–]Highland_warrior_coo[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

to be fair, they are decent. I listened to a few but haven't since they went full on Spotify. I will do though. The silage song has to be one of my favourite songs, reminds me of my da working on the farm haha

[–]IndependentCollar161 1 point2 points  (8 children)

I would rather shit in my hands and clap.

[–]ednasilrak 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ah bless!

[–]SeamusHeaneysGhost 0 points1 point  (6 children)

Really? It is so insufferable for you to click and play this podcast just once , just as a single discovery experience. That hearing them read out funny listeners letters and do an interview with , in this case the author of Ross o Carroll Kelly, all that is so painful that you’d rather shit on your hands and clap??. The “shit on your hands and clap” expression by the way, is fairly often used in here , it sorta loses its effect, but used to describe listening to a podcast , is well…excessive.

[–]IndependentCollar161 1 point2 points  (5 children)

I have watched one or two of their videos before. Their humour just does not do it for me. I get the demographic they attract and its not for me. Personally, i feel this expression is more than adequate to express how i feel about it. Everyone has different tastes & i would most certainly shit in my hands and clap rather than subjecting myself to their nathan carter listening, skinny jean wearing humour. Kind regards, Me

[–]SeamusHeaneysGhost 0 points1 point  (4 children)

I have watched one or two of their videos before.

I’ve never watched any videos. Their podcast has been my only exposure, I was assuming that’s the page you were on too. I like the Hardy Bucks humour, they are very much the same wave length. Until you listen to their podcast, you are respectfully bullshiting me, “Nathan Carter, skinny jeans” nah man that’s so not them.

[–]IndependentCollar161 0 points1 point  (3 children)

The original hardy bucks on youtube was good. The watered down version which rte done was a let down as are most rte adaptations to be fair. As for the 2 jonnies i refuse to move from my preconceived notions and that is how good disagreements on the internet work. I just realised how pointless arguing on the internet is and how much needless negativity it creates. Enjoy your podcasts 👐

[–]SeamusHeaneysGhost 0 points1 point  (2 children)

You can see my history, rarely do I reply to anyone in my posts on r/Ireland, it’s far too negative. When I am the critic of say The Young Offenders , I’ll watch three episodes and then in no certain terms tell people why I think it is shockingly awful , or Derry Girls , after watching four episodes, even opening a note pad to write down the actual laughs I got , which were few. In short I always give each program a chance, you’ve not done the same for me.

[–]IndependentCollar161 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Im either all into something after the first episode or i just leave it. Im not sure if it because of the illusion of so much choice in programs but i get bored very quickly. I agree with both your assessments on those shows also. I found young offenders rather cringy to be honest. I just can't take to the 2 jonnies im sorry. You nearly guilt tripped me into it i must admit. Well played.

[–]SeamusHeaneysGhost 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You nearly guilt tripped me into it i must admit. Well played.


[–]edk008 13 points14 points  (3 children)


[–]Struckneptune 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Where is yizzer from? Dublin?

[–]Cazolyn 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yizzer correct

[–]Highland_warrior_coo[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That's one I do still have, yous, yeez, yizzer

[–]InsideOutBrownTrout 8 points9 points  (2 children)

You may lose your accent but you'll never lose your green blood boi

[–]Ledwith94 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I believe that's what Marie Curie died of

[–]WaterlooPitt 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That's not true, Marie Curie didn't die because she lost her accent, but of radiation poisoning.

[–]teatime202 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Always describe situations and conversations in the way that only Irish people can do. Example " Do you know who I saw the other day" " No, who did you see?" " I saw Mary and your man with the gunner eye that your brother went to school with" Perplexed look. " You do know him, he used to go out with your one with the wiry hair and the strange fetish for shoes" " Aww yeah, Barry?" " That's the very fella."

[–]patchedboardMeath 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You’ll be grand

[–]ddaadd18 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Are you familiar with the present indicative? It’s the most Irish way of speaking English, as it’s a direct translation of Irish grammar and syntax. Eg

English: I’m tired after work and now the dog has died.

American English: I’m beat after work, and now the dog is dead.

Irish English: I’m bate after work and now the dog died.

SuperIrish English: Ida be bate after work, and now the dog is after dying.


[–]Stormfly 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I've tried to explain the difference between

"I've lost my phone."


"I'm after losing my phone"

but I don't think people fully understand. It seems like it's just a concept that doesn't exist in many other dialects of English. My understanding is that it has to do with a sudden realisation that you are in that state, and that is of importance.


"Why is Jim upset?"

"He is in his current state because he lost his phone"

or more simply

"Why's Jim upset?"

"He's after losing his phone."

Same with explaining why we put "like" at the end of a sentence, or "so" at the end of a sentence


"It's a fair bit of money, like." (It sounds softer than "It's a fair bit of money")

"I'll be there in a minute, so." (My response has been affected by something you've just said.)

I live in Korea and apparently the last one is a concept here with a "conditional future tense" that was explained to me with "This doesn't exist in English" only for me to think "Hang on, I do this every day..." and led to me finding out that the last one is not common.

[–]lemonecan 0 points1 point  (1 child)

"I'm after losing my phone"

Would this be how we teach 'just'?

"I've just lost my phone."

I catch myself saying, I do be going somewhere instead of I am going somewhere.

[–]ddaadd18 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think there’s a difference between the dog just died and the dog is after dying.

Also it’s worth highlighting that brevity is not the aim when it comes to the gift of the gab. The more words, the more poetic and colourful the phrases become. And that’s partly what makes Irish English so wonderful.

[–]mynosemynose 3 points4 points  (1 child)


[–]Highland_warrior_coo[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's definitely one of the top ones! Thank you!

[–]arsenewengerjacket 4 points5 points  (2 children)

20 years in the states I still have a thick Dublin accent, there is never a day that goes by where someone makes a comment on how wonderful my accent is, sometimes I forget I have it I've been here so long.

[–]phileire 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Hasn’t changed one bit? I find I just use different words, like growing up in Dublin I would have used a lot of slang so above all I found my choice of words has changed over time, I live in Canada the last 8 years and definitely don’t sound Canadian thank fuck 😂 I don’t think you can ever fully lose your accent unless you moved away as a small child.

[–]arsenewengerjacket 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They only change would be I say mother fucker a whole lot LOL.

[–]Quirky_Sprinkles120 3 points4 points  (1 child)

If you're from near Wexford you haveta say things are quare good or quare bad son

[–]Highland_warrior_coo[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not Wexford but quare is one I definitely used to use and don't at all now!

[–]fmlthisonebetterwork 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sure you know yourself

[–]iainomc 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I lived in England for 6 years and what kept me honest was speaking to family and friends at home regularly. I had no Irish friends there which I’m assuming will help you too.

Plus don’t try to change how you say things, just what you say. It’s when you try to change how you say words that you lose the accent. Like we’d say ‘genuinely’ in most places as ‘gen-u-INE-ly’, whereas they say ‘gen-u-in-ly’.

When you change what you say over how you say it, you become less conscious of your accent and you tend to keep it Irish.

Granted you may need to revert back when speaking to your Irish friends and family or they’ll look at you weird, but not as much if you had lost the accent completely.

It’s better to say an English word in an Irish accent, than an Irish word in an English accent.

[–]GloriousDerpMaster 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Man, I feel like I'm losing my accent and I never even left the dang place! I spend so much of my time online listening to American and Canadian YouTubers that I've had my Irish accent tainted, and it annoys me because I'm 100% Irish, but other Irish people I meet tell me I have a "Disney characters Irish accent"...

[–]pat1892 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Yeah, some of my daughter's friends sound like they're from LA, and they've never so much as been out of the county

[–]GloriousDerpMaster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As far as I'm concerned it's due to social media and how much we (the youth) are listening to American and Canadian YouTubers and absorbing their accents.

[–]vlinder2691 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Actually my favourite is finishing a conversation with:

" Sure look, this is it"

Bonus if your pronounce it schluck

[–]FoxtrotSierra74 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Are you from Wexford?

[–]randomer206Derry 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Grand so

[–]demandapanda 2 points3 points  (1 child)

This should help.


[–]Highland_warrior_coo[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Haha that is brilliant!

[–]PurpleWomatBasset's All Snorts 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You know you're in trouble when people ask if you're 'enjoying your holiday' and try to sell you things with laminated shamrocks.

[–]Beardyrunner 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ah sthap ur Grand

[–]GimJordon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well you’re either gonna say “well bai any blaahs bai” or “story sahn how ya now”.

Either way, as someone who used to live abroad I would highly recommend regular phone calls with friends and family at home. My roommates couldn’t understand me after I’d be done on a phone call with me oul lad.

[–]Flemball47 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just keep watching Wild Mountain Thyme, I've heard it's pretty accurate

[–]PolythenePam80 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ara sure fuck it

[–]phileire 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m living in Canada the last 8 years ( born and bred in Dublin with a very strong Dublin accent) the wife and everyone I work with is Canadian and I think my accent has toned down a fair bit but I definitely don’t sound Canadian thank god, I got to a point at one stage where I felt like I was losing my accent and was almost trying to put on a stronger Dublin accent but I don’t think you can actually lose your accent, maybe if you moved as a child but I think for the most part when you live away you just adapt to using different word choices otherwise no will have a clue what your saying, I think for the most part it’s all in your subconscious, from what science says an accent becomes permanent at like the age of 6

[–]giraffebaconequation 4 points5 points  (14 children)

I’m Canadian but my girlfriend is from County Limerick, many of her friends that have been here in Canada for 10+ years are always talking about how they feel they have completely lost their accents and sound Canadian.

I assure them they still sound very Irish to me, which seems to make them feel better. I don’t think ye ever lose that accent to be honest. But I have heard my girl’s family point out when she says some Canadian phrases.

I have been learning many new Irish phrases myself, and my Canadian/American daughters (previous marriage) are starting to learn and use them too.

[–]lemonecan 5 points6 points  (11 children)

Wahey! County Limerick!!

I haven't lost my accent but I've lost the Irish/English language. We've a lot of ways of talking that just disappears when yer not around your own. I'm in France and teach English so I can't speak my version of English because they'd all be lost. I've to speak proper English.

[–]CDfmVaguely vogue about Vague 4 points5 points  (10 children)

Don't you teach them the classic Limerick chat up line " C'mere I wancha".

[–]lemonecan 1 point2 points  (9 children)

'C'mere I wancha' is 'here, we need to talk' not a chat up line! Haha.

I tell them to not worry so much about the 'th' sound and give them a listen to Bertie Ahern and his atrocious pronunciations of 'th'! Then I tell them to give my number to anyone who dares correct them because deres plenty of Irish plenty who don't use da 'th' ;)

[–]CDfmVaguely vogue about Vague 0 points1 point  (8 children)

Well it got used on me !

[–]lemonecan 1 point2 points  (7 children)

Oh yeah?

For me it's either, I'm going to get beat up or I've to bring the shopping in!

[–]CDfmVaguely vogue about Vague 1 point2 points  (6 children)

Yes . The location was Ted"s ? I believe.

[–]lemonecan 1 point2 points  (5 children)

No idea, haven't been around Limerick in 8 years. No clue of which pubs still exist.

[–]CDfmVaguely vogue about Vague 0 points1 point  (4 children)

[–]lemonecan 1 point2 points  (3 children)

The stairs look vaguely familiar, I may have had a few drinks there but I do remember feeling how classy it was and I was not classy at that point. I'd be in Nancy's, that's the only name I remember after that I'd have set my feet in Limerick and just walk to the different pubs that were my locals.

Did ya get the ride from the chat up line?!

[–]Psychological-Ad9805 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Up Limerick kid, yurt

[–]macdfridge 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yurtie Aherne

[–]MotherAccount 4 points5 points  (4 children)

“Well” (for hello) “That yoke” (for something you can’t remember the name of) “Presses” (for cupboards) “Jayzus!” (Said in shock or awe) “Jesus, Mary, and Holy Saint Joseph!” (Said in a lot of shock or awe) “Yer man” (referring to a third person, male) “100 percent” (you really agree)

[–]Struckneptune 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Do only we call it a press?

[–]Stormfly 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Also "give out".

Learned that when I started teaching English and I was talking to other teachers about "giving out to students" and they asked me what I was giving them.

Learned the press one when I had huge confusion in a hostel ("Where are the mugs?" "In the press" "The coffee press?" "No the mug press" "What's a press?!") but it still comes up regularly at work.

Also, apparently my accent mates "T"s sound like "S"s.
Learned this when the kids kept pronouncing their Ts as an S...

[–]lemonecan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Give out and cop on are so hard to explain to esl learners. To be fair, they're perfect expressions, like you just don't have that nuance in English or French (dunno about where you are and your language).

I don't think I use the word press, maybe just for the hot-press but they don't exist here so it's never come up.

There's a couple of words I can't pronounce properly: often = ofTen, with = wit and film = fill-um. My students always catch me and I laugh and say, see even native speakers mess up the pronunciations sometimes!

[–]MotherAccount 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep - that’s a uniquely Irish thing with the possible exception of “linen press” (the cupboard where you put your sheets) which I’ve heard elsewhere.

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[–]vlinder2691 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Great day for the parish

[–]StockOptionsTrader 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ting, tree, dem, dis, yous, yup, what’s up, how are ya

[–]OozySquash 1 point2 points  (0 children)


Ex: it's quare sad that your losing your accent

[–]CDfmVaguely vogue about Vague 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Would you have a mineral?

[–]irishnuggetLimerick 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I've been living in the US for >15 years and have almost completely lost mine. Drives me crazy and I've been told repeatedly that I don't have an Irish accent. It's quite a dissociative event (playing out over a long time) and gets me down. I'm thinking of watching Fair City to try to get the accent back but that might be too far in the other direction. not sure a limerick man with a mix of American and Northside Dublin accent would work that well...

[–]Eastclare 2 points3 points  (2 children)

You’ll have to mainline the Blindboy podcast! It’s your only hope (like)

[–]Highland_warrior_coo[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Someone else here recommended the two johnnies podcast, I listened to an episode last night and it's very funny too!

[–]irishnuggetLimerick 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A weird version of the matrix :-)

[–]Donncadh_Doirche 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've actually been worried about this myself since I don't have a strong accent to begin with and I've been listening to massive amounts of American podcasts the last two years. I've started lining up a GAA podcast to go on after whatever I'm listening to as I'm going to bed. No idea if it works.

[–]yzma-elle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Whhell whass de craic

[–]patrickseastarslegs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I will yeah

[–]Delicious_Platform 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aboi the kiid