My Top 10 Irish Phrases

ISA Study Abroad Student Blog

Hailey Dorthalina is a student at California Lutheran University and an ISA Featured Blogger. She studied abroad with ISA in Galway, Ireland.

After a full month in the incredible city of Galway, Ireland. I’ve heard some absolutely ludicrous yet incredibly endearing Irish slang, some of which are beginning to make their way into my own vocabulary.

1. “Craic”

What’s the craic?

Last night was good craic.

She’s great craic.

The’s no word like it in American terms. To put it simply, it’s good times or fun. I’m sure I asked at least five Irish people how to respond to “what’s the craic?” before I actually learned the proper way to reply.

2. “Thanks a million”

or ‘thanks a mil’

A polite way to show appreciation for something. It’s not so much a hyperbole as it is just a cuter way to say thank you.

3. “Good Irish weather”


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