18 Things You’ll Only Understand If You’re an Irish Student Studying In England
Nobody knows what “the craic” is.
1. There can be a bit of a language barrier.
You all speak English, but it’s not the same English. So you learn to prepare for some odd looks and fake laughs as people try to understand what you’ve just said.
2. And nobody knows what “the craic” is.
3. Or how to spell it.
And they won’t believe you when you tell them. It’s an Irish word, guys!
4. When it comes to food, the English miss out on some of life’s great delicacies.
Like potato bread! Potato + Bread = Delicious! Teach them well.
5. And English crisps just don’t compare to their Irish counterparts.
Walkers are all well and good, but they just aren’t Tayto Cheese & Onion!
6. Plus, they eat bizarre things like Scouse instead.
Irish Stew’s horrible cousin.
7. You quickly start to feel like a history expert…
Everybody wants to know what happened to the Titanic, why there was a famine 200 years ago, and the current state of play with The Troubles.
8. …Even if you have no idea what you’re actually talking about.
That’s our little secret!
9. In a shock twist, nobody cares whether you’re a Protestant or Catholic in England.
Like seriously, they don’t care at all. And it’s great.
10. Having to update your “going out” gear…
Contrary to everything you’ve been told, lads – check shirt, blue jeans and brown shoes are not acceptable “club wear”.
11. But your natural taste in dance music from 2003 will make you a hit at every pre-drinks!
DJ Sammy’s Heaven anybody?
12. Everybody will want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with you!
It’s a global festival now – watch as everybody around you turns Irish for the day, mostly by painting their skin green.
13. So you have to be sure to lead them in style!
If you don’t fit every Irish stereotype, your English friends will be very disappointed. Grab your tall Shamrock-covered hat and get jigging.
14. Speaking of stereotypes, you’ll hear the word “Potato” more than you ever have before.
What people say to me when they hear my Irish accent:
1%- "I've heard it's very nice there".
99%- "Say potato".
— Hannah Hayes (@alvaerin) March 19, 2014
15. Everyone will expect you to be great at Irish dancing.
You mean you’re not Michael Flatley?
16. Oddly, any attempt to drink Guinness will be seen as attention-seeking.
“You don’t actually like it, it’s just ’cause you’re Irish. Right?”
17. How frustrating it is that your money is no good in England.
Be prepared for countless rejections of your Bank of Ireland £20. Best to get rid of them in a big supermarket where they ask fewer questions.
18. But ultimately being glad you made the move because it’s weirdly made you appreciate your roots a whole lot more.
After all, doesn’t everybody love the Irish? ☘