• Travel English: Spoken English in Dublin, Ireland

    Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, is known for it particular vocabulary that is quite different to that spoken in the rest of the country.

    Here is a travel English guide to help you out if you are planning a trip there.


    What’s the story means how are you?

    The Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland.

    If someone wants to know how you are you might hear, Is it yourself?

    Come here till I tell ya means someone is trying to tell you a juicy piece of gossip.

    Food and Drink

    Scoops refers to alcoholic beverages.

    Dutchie is Dutch Gold, an inexpensive beer generally consumed from a can.

    If you are out for a heavy night’s drinking you are said to be on the lash or on the tear.

    Locked or gargled means drunk.

    A sandwich is a sambo.


    Dubliners are known for giving names to their monuments. These are always in rhyming slang. The best example of this is The Tart with the Cart (Molly Malone statue on Grafton Street).

    A native Dubliner is called a dub.

    D4 head refers to a person from the affluent Dublin 4 suburb with their characteristic accent, attitudes and lifestyle.

    Aul one means an older woman.

    Aul fella is used to refer to an older man.

    Culchie is used to refer to a person from urban and rural Ireland outside of Dublin.

    A ginger is a person with red hair.

    A foreigner is called a blow in.

    A person who is angry is said to be cheesed off.

    An eccentric man is called a quare fella.

    Jam jar means a car.

    Joe maxi is rhyming slang for a taxi.

    If something takes a long time, it is said to take ages.

    If someone says be wide, it means be careful.

    If something is great, it is called rapid or deadly.

    If someone is tired, they will say they are knackered.

    An idiot is called a spa or a dope.

    ATMs are known as drink links as they are often the last stop before a trip to the pub.

    If someone says fair play it means well done.

    To gawk means to look.

    A rainy day is called a soft day.

    If someone says the Craic was 90, it means the party was a lot of fun.

    Since we are talking about Dublin let’s listen to one of the city’s most famous musical exports, U2 with One.

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