Irish vs American English

Irish English vs American English- Although Gaelic is the official language of Ireland, English is the secondary language and the most frequently spoken language among the Irish. English is my primary language and the primary spoken language in Ireland. It is amazing how much the English language differs in Europe and Ireland.

Although Gaelic is the official language of Ireland, English is the secondary language and the most frequently spoken language. So, although English is my primary language and the primary spoken language in Ireland I am still confused on a daily basis (usually). It is amazing how much the English language differs in Europe and Ireland. You should see my face when the conversation goes south and I’m trying to keep up, it’s not a good look. I’m apologizing now to all my Irish friends.

This is just a taste of what we have encountered on this side of the world:

Irish/European English American English
Happy Christmas Merry Christmas
Fortnight Two Weeks
Anti clockwise Counterclockwise
Mind Yourself Behave
Proper Genuine
Carrot Batons Carrot Sticks
Pitch Field
Match Game
Kit Uniform and Gear
Gum Shield Mouth Guard
Boots Cleats
Joint Writing Cursive Writing
Chemist Pharmacist
Post Mail
Matron Nurse
Hamper Gift Basket
Wellies Rainboots
Lift Elevator
Coriander Cilantro
Cocktail Sticks Toothpicks
Hard Luck Darn It
Grand Great
Runners Tennis Shoes
Takeaway To-Go

 

Hugs and love,

Dee Dee

Have you heard any words in your travels that made you think twice? Please leave a comment below and we can compare notes.

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Dee Dee Wheaton

Dee Dee Wheaton is the editor and main contributor of her family’s blog, The Wheaton Takeover. She writes and edits her posts listening to hip hop and r&b while sipping hot tea. Dee Dee and her family have temporarily relocated to Dublin, Ireland from Houston, Texas. They are traveling the world, learning and experiencing new things everyday and loving life one day at a time. Through their blog, they share their worldwide excursions, experiences living as American expats in Ireland, lessons learned along the way and glimpses into their crazy life.

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