If you’re keen to progress in your new job but you also want to use your time in Ireland to improve your English, you’ve come to the right place. Be it in a pub, a doctor’s waiting room or in a lift, no moment of silence can go long in Ireland without a friendly greeting, a comment on the weather, or a discussion of life’s issues.
I hear Irish-English is a difficult dialect to learn, is this true?
Even if you are great at speaking English, it’ll take you a little while to get used to the dialect. Most visitors to Ireland find that after the first couple of days their ears quickly adjust to the Irish accent. You’ll soon find yourself speaking fluently!
Is there a region of Ireland with standardised English?
The simple answer is no. Unlike other languages such as German and Italian, there is no major difference in the dialects across Ireland, although our accents can vary greatly from county to county, and even from village to village.
If I want to improve my English or get a qualification, can I take an English course in Ireland?
Yes. If you need to kick start your English skills, there are English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) courses in many large towns across Ireland. You can also study for the International English Language Testing System IELTS or Cambridge Certificate.
For a cheaper alternative, ask your local library if there is a community English course taking place.
If you’re not interested in getting a qualification but still want to improve your English, you should try converse as much as possible with the locals. As with any language, there’s no better way to become fluent than by immersing yourself in the culture!