THE Irish language is a hard one to grasp for anyone visiting the country, we'll admit.
What's more, even if we're speaking English, our accents are quite challenging to decipher, granted.
And even if you manage to navigate your way through a chat with a local irishman, without running into any language or accent-related troubles, there's a cacophony of slang we all use that might still trip you up.
On the one hand, we're sorry for being so difficult.
On the other, we're not sorry at all. Our slang is fantastic.
Here's some of the best:
Acting the Maggot
Meaning: Fooling and messing around
Example: "Stop acting the maggot"
Example: "A pint of the black stuff please"
Meaning: Male, Juvenile
Example: "Come on you boyo!"
Meaning: Fun, Gossip, Goings on
Example: What's/Where's the craic?
Meaning: Person from a rural area
Example: "She's a culchie originally"
Meaning: Complete fool, idiot
Example: "You are such an eejit"
Meaning: Listening in on a private conversation, eavesdropping
Example: "You were earwigging again, weren't you?"
Meaning: ... Go away (I've cleaned that up a bit)
Example: "Feck off man, stop bothering me"
Meaning: Very good, great, exellent
Example: "It was a fierce performance"
Meaning: Good looking man or woman
Example: "She's fine thing, she is"
Meaning: Home, house
Example: "I'll swing by your gaff later tonight"
Meaning: Funny, amusing
Example: "He's gas, that fella"
Meaning: Good, fine, a positive response
Example: *when asked how you're feeling* "I'm grand, thanks"
How's she cutting'?
Meaning: How are you?, What's up?
Example: "Hey man, how's she cuttin'?"
Example: "I was absolutely bangers last night"
Meaning: Your father, Dad
Example: "My oul fella will love this sweater I bought him"
Meaning: Great, Brilliant
Example: "It was a savage match this afternoon"
Meaning: Now you're talking, now you're doing well
Example: "Now you're sucking' diesel, fella"
Meaning: Anywhere in and around Dublin
Example: "I'm living just outside The Pale at the moment"
Meaning: Show off, sometimes aggressivley
Example: "They were all throwing shapes in the pub last night"
Meaning: That man, man
Example: "I saw your man from U2 on the news last night"