5 ways you know someone has learnt English in Dublin

We are big fans of our capital here at City Language School. That\’s one of the main reasons our campus is right in the heart of the city. Dublin is a culturally rich and colourful city with friendly residents and a great atmosphere full of music and and good fun. There is so much to do and see in the city and whatever you are into, you will definitely find it here. There are few cities in the world that can boast such a busy and cosmopolitan atmosphere while at the same time offering the solitude and tranquillity of the sea and mountains so close by. We also offer a fairly unique take in the English language and there are a few ways you will know if you are talking to someone who has spent time learning English in Dublin. Here are just five.

What\’s the story?

What\’s the story? is how we say Hello, how are you? There are several variations of this greeting including What\’s the craic? It is very important to know this term as soon as you step off the plane at Dublin Airport as you will hearing (and later) using it a lot. With time it will become part of your everyday language. Be aware though that it remains a rather casual phrase. You would not meet and greet your future mother-in-law with this phrase for example. It is not rude by any means but it does need to be used in the right circumstances – usually with people you know or are familiar with.

The architecture of St Patrick\’s Catherdral in Dublin is \’deadly\’


This is another unique piece of Dublinese and is quite confusing for much older generations. To cut a long story short, Deadly means Really Cool. Simple as that. Again this is a phrase you will here quite a lot so it is good to know that even though the word dead makes up a big part of the word deadly it is, in fact, positive. This is so common that you will be using it in no time.

He\’s a bit of a ride

This again is a very common phrase in Dublin and if you have learnt your English in Dublin you will know that it means the person you are referring to is very good looking. Some people think it is a little rude but over time it has lost its \’edge\’ and is now considered normal enough.

Not a bother

This is a beauty of a phrase and is a classic barman/shopkeeper way of saying you\’re welcome or no problem. You will here this is in a lot of places where you will be spending your money and it is probably more common than you\’re welcome which can be seen as being a little formal in Dublin. If you use not a bother often, you know that you have been learning English in Dublin for quite some time.

G\’way out of that/G\’way will ya

This is used in several different contexts but roughly translates as I don\’t believe you or you are not serious? It is a light sort of phrase and is used during banter (another Dublin word for fun) or maybe a little bit of gossip.

Your Language School in Dublin City Centre

City Language School is right in the heart of Dublin City Centre. Dublin is the proud and vibrant capital of Ireland and with its cosmopolitan and modern feel, it has repeatedly been voted Europe’s friendliest city by Trip Advisor. Dublin boasts strong links with literature, music, dance and storytelling. As you walk through the streets of Temple Bar, you can absorb the musical tradition which spills onto the streets from the many bars and restaurants; truly a city of enormous beauty! Dublin is surrounded by breath-taking natural scenery that will leave you with lifelong memories. It is perfectly located on the eastern coastline of Ireland and is a convenient gateway to the rest of Europe.