10 Irish Slang Words You Will Hear While Studying Abroad

Shamaz Yasin Butt
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Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 999
10 Irish Slang Words You Will Hear While Studying Abroad

Shamaz Yasin Butt
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Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 999

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If you study or travel in Europe, Ireland should be a top destination on your wish list. It has great universities and amazing places to see. You want a reason? Guinness! Pubs! Ireland is the best country for young people. 

The universities are challenging, so you might find yourself wondering: “Who can write my assignment while I’m having a blast in the local pub?” But the challenge is part of every degree program, so you’ll deal with it. 

The first shock that you’ll experience when you come to Ireland is the accent. Irish people speak in a very peculiar way. But you’ll come prepared. We’ll introduce you to a few words that you’ll definitely hear when you come here. If your professor gives you instructions about an assignment and they mention some of these words, you’ll know what they mean. 

Top 10 Irisn Slang Words to Know

  1. Gowl

In its simplest translation, a gowl means an annoying person. You’ll meet plenty of gowls at university. 

Your professors are most likely to fall into that category. They will go on and on with their projects, without bothering to explain how to start writing an assignment. Then they wonder how it’s possible for students to hire a trusted assignment writing service. Gowls live in their own bubble, where everything should work according to their well-established rules. Boring!

  1. Eejit

You won’t like being called a “feckin eejit,” since it’s an insult that Irish people use for the lousiest people of all. To stay safe, it’s best not to use this word when directly addressing people in Ireland. Coming from a stranger, it’s even more offensive. 

  1. Jar

Irish people won’t ask for a glass of beer in a pub. They will ask for a jar. A jar usually means several. You’re in Ireland, after all. 

  1. Mank

You’ll probably use this word to describe Irish food. To Irish people, their countless variations of stew are delicious. To foreigners, they are mank – meaning disturbingly grose. 

  1. Crack On

No; the person saying this to you doesn’t want you to do crack. You’re not getting an invitation to do drugs together, either. Crack on means to continue doing what you were doing. Irish people say this when they want to get rid of you. 

  1. Whisht

If you’re one of those students who can’t stop talking about assignments with their friends, you’ll be interrupted with this word quite often. In literal translation, it means “shut the hell up!” 

Seriously, it’s better to hire a professional writer and say “do my college homework for me.” Or you can do another thing: learn how to write a report type assignment and practice. Just don’t bother everyone with your school problems about how to find   interesting research paper topics  or finish an essay. Irish people are too cool to hear that. Talk about beer, relationships, and politics. Those are the topics that aren’t whisht-worthy. 

  1. Kip

This word can have two meanings, and that makes it confusing. People will usually use it instead of a nap. Instead of saying “I had a short afternoon nap,” they will say “I had a quick afternoon kip.”

However, kip is also used as an adjective for a lousy place. If someone says “This is a real kip of a pub,” you should avoid that place. 

  1. Geebag

It’s the Irish alternative to douchebag. It’s the person who’s always expected to act like an idiot and insult everyone around. Don’t be a geebag; no one likes you for that!

  1. Banjaxed

You’ll love the way this word sounds. You may find yourself yelling “Banjaxed” out of the blue, just because you like the sound of it. You won’t be puzzled when you hear it for the first time, since you’ll know what it means: broken

  1. Gas

What could gas mean in Ireland? It’s not related to flatulence. It has nothing to do with actual gas. It means funny. If someone describes you as a gas person, don’t be mad. It’s a compliment. 

You’ll Love Irish Slang!

If you visit Ireland for studies or traveling, you’ll find yourself imitating the accent and using slang before you know it. Irish people are relaxed and funny. The way they talk reflects that vibe. Foreigners fall in love with Ireland for many reasons. The warmth they feel in conversations is part of the appeal. 

Now you know what to expect. It’s best to come to Ireland prepared, so you’ll know what people are saying. If you thought you won’t have a problem because you know English, you’re wrong. Irish people will give your language learning skills a test. But it will be a nice experience, so crack on with it! 

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