The Irish look good

12 things Irish say and what they really mean

The Irish, a people who are so very different from many others. A people of friendly storytellers who make little difference between strangers and friends. People who take you for who you are and offer you their help without prejudice. This relaxed and at the same time open-minded mentality not only makes the Irish the lovable people they are, but also enchants the entire Green Island and makes it a place that only exists once in this world!

One quality that ensures that the Irish take a more relaxed approach to life is their (mostly black) sense of humor! The inhabitants of the Emerald Isle do not take themselves or their fellow human beings too seriously. On the contrary, there is often a pinch of irony and wit in every comment. True to the motto: "A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures!", Even in difficult times, the Irish make it their task to find the positive and funny.

This mixture of humor and a positive outlook on life is probably the origin of some special things that Irish say, but ultimately mean completely different. So that you don't lose sight of your perspective during your next conversation on the Emerald Isle; Here you can find a list of some empty phrases and things the Irish say and a short explanation of what they really mean by them! One or the other will certainly sound familiar to you.

1. "That's grand."

A sentence that is heard very often in Ireland and that is received very differently by non-Irish than it is meant.

What most people understand: "That is excellent."

What the Irish think: “That is just about enough for the requirements.” Often used in situations in which we use the good old “Fits already!” In German.

An example: "I hope this room is ok for you" - "Ah, it's grand."

2. "I want yeah."

This statement couldn't be more misleading, after all it means exactly the opposite of what is being said. The irony that resonates with this phrase is often audible from the first syllable!

What most people understand: "I will do / do that."

What the Irish think: "Never in my life will I do / do that."

An example: "Please, take the rubbish out. - "I want yeah."

3. "I'm off getting some messages."

A literal translation into German will completely mislead you with this idiom.

What most people understand: "I'm going to pick up my messages / letters."

What the Irish think: "I go shopping."

An example: "Where are you off to?" - "I'm off getting some messages. Do you need anything? "

4. "Go away outta here."

If you hear this from the mouth of an Irishman, you may think that you have done something wrong and that your counterpart wants you to disappear. But this assumption couldn't be further from its real meaning.

What most people understand: "Go away!"

What the Irish think: “It's really unbelievable. I'm shocked by what you just told me - please give me more details! "

An example: "Did you hear that she left her husband?" - "Go away outta here!"

5. "Any craic?" / "The craic is mighty"

Anyone who is asked about "craic" on the street or in the pub should not confuse it with the similar sounding party drug.

What most people understand: "Do you have drugs?" / "The drugs are of good quality!"

What the Irish think: "What's new?" / "It's great fun!"

An example: "How nice to see you. Any craic? "-" No, nothing new and you? "-" The craic is mighty here. "-" Yes, it's great fun. "

6. "I'll let you go now."

You often hear this sentence in chats on the street as you pass by. An expression that proves how polite the Irish really are.

What most people understand: “I'm not holding you up any longer, we'll talk another time. See you!"

What the Irish mean: “I don't feel like talking to you. Take care!"

An example: "I haven't seen you in ages. How are you? "-" All good. Look, I'll let you go now. "

7. "It's just up / down the road."

When it comes to route information and directions, the people on the Emerald Isle are often not that specific.

What most people understand: "The place is very close."

What the Irish mean: "The place is in this direction." (Refers to a distance of a few meters to several dozen kilometers)

An example: "Do you live in the city?" - "Yes, just up the road from here."

8. "We just gor for one."

With these words the Irish say goodbye to the pub on weekends or during the week - the famous last word!

What most people understand: "We'll meet for a beer."

What the Irish think: "We'll drink at least two or three pints and then maybe another."

An example: "I'm tired, but should we go for one?" - "Yes, we just go for one."

9. "I'll be there in two minutes."

The best example that the clocks tick differently on the Emerald Isle is this statement, which is something like a universal time indication!

What most people understand: "I'll be there in two minutes."

What the Irish think: "I'm still at home, but I'll be on my way in five minutes and I'll be there in 10 minutes."

An example: "Where are you, we were supposed to meet 5 minutes ago?" - "I'll be there in two minutes."

10. "No, I'm grand, thanks."

Actually, this statement is an unmistakable rejection; often used when offering tea or food to an Irishman. In Ireland, however, it is merely an expression of Irish courtesy.

What most people understand: "No thanks, I don't want anything."

What the Irish think: “I really want a cup of tea, but I'm too polite to say that the first time. Please ask me one or two more times. "

An example: “Would you like some tea?” - “No, I'm grand, thanks.” - “Are you sure?” - “Yeah, I'm grand.” - “I'm making some anyway, you sure you won 't have a cup "-" Alright then, I'll take a cup if you're making it anyway. "

11. "That's gas."

This sentence has absolutely nothing to do with a gaseous substance - unless it is nitrous oxide.

What most people understand: "That's gas!"

What the Irish mean: "That is laughable!"

An example: "He didn't even realize he had bird poop on his shoulder!" - "Ah, that's gas!"

12. "Bye, bye, bye, bye. Ok, bye, bye, bye, ... "

Anyone who has ever phoned an Irishman knows exactly what the many farewell greetings are all about. Before you hang up, you say goodbye several times, as is the Irish way.

What most people understand: “Bye, bye, bye, bye. Ok, bye, bye, bye ... "

What the Irish think: "Bye!"

An example: "Ok, thank you. Bye! "-" Bye, bye, bye, bye! "-" Ok, bye then! "-" Ok, bye, bye, bye! "-" Bye! "-" Bye! "