New English School in Dublin

English in Dublin

Come and learn English in Dublin

Hey guys,

Just wanted to write a quick post to tell you all that I’ve started an English Language School in Dublin with 2 other teachers. The name of the school is Everest Language School, it is Dublin’s first school to base all academic decisions on linguistic research done within the school. We work with the linguistic departments in Trinity College Dublin and York University in Toronto to create a unique learning path for each student. The School has been set up by three teachers Anne-Marie, Maria and me with the goal of providing students with an unforgettable experience in Dublin and to help them achieve their language objectives.

I would love to get any feedback on the site and to see any of you in Dublin 🙂



Irish slang

Some more Irish slang
(n) – girlfriend Eg: Hey lay your damn hands off her Biff. She’s my mot.

Jacks (n)
– toilet, restroom
Eg: C’mon man hurry up. You’re not the only one who has to use the jacks pal.

(v) – Play truant from school.
Eg: Lets go on the hop and see the parade in the city?

Heavin’ (adj)
– Thoroughly packed.
Eg: Wow! O’Reillys is heavin’ tonight.

Gurrier (n)
– Hooligan. Ruffian. Delinquent.
Eg: Hey I think I’ve spotted the Gurrier who ran off with my kids shamrock balloon.

Gaff (n) –
Home. Place of residence.
Eg: Thats some pretty fancy gaff you got there with that yard and those trees.

Flahulach (adj) (pronounced Flah-hule-uck) –
Eg: Wow. You left a tip. You must be feeling rather flaulach today.

Donkeys years (n)
– Inordinately long amount of time. An epoch. A time memorial.
Eg: I haven’t marched in a parade in donkey’s years.

Bollixed (adj)
(see fluthered, gee-eyed, rat-arsed) – Somewhat in excess of the legal alcohol driving limit.
Eg:I think thats my last Baileys dude. I am way bollixed

Person (esp. male) of very disreputable character. A useless good-for-nothing?
Eg: Hey, that Bowsie totally just cut me in the bathroom line.

bags (n)
– A botched job (also see “hames”)
Eg: That guy made a right bags of me corned beef and cabbage.

Cute hoor (n)
– suspiciously resourceful gentleman
Eg: Speaking from his villa in the Alps, the cute hoor denied making any payments to politician for favorable contracts.

Accents and Pronunciation

I’m going to use this in class tomorrow. I’m sure there are a million ways to adapt it and use it in class. Tomorrow I’m going to skip to the middle where he starts to do a French accent. I will turn the screen away from the students, play the video and ask them to write down what accent he is impersonating.
Doing an activity like this will help the students recognise some of the things that reveal them as non-native speakers. I teach an advanced class and sometimes it is hard to get the students to admit that pronunciation is something they need to work on. A video like this should be a good lead-in to a more substantial pronunciation lesson.
If you can think of another way to use this video, please comment below.

English articles (definite and indefinite articles)


There are some things you need to remember about the pronunciation of articles. ‘A’ is used before consonant sounds and ‘an’ is used before vowel sounds. You need to listen to the sound, not just look at the spelling. So we say: ‘An effect’ and ‘an FBI agent’ because both start with the sound /e/. We say: ‘A yellow submarine’ and ‘a European’ because both start with /j/.

There are two ways to pronounce ‘the’. 90% of the time we say: /ðə/. In some exceptional cases we pronounce ‘the’ as ‘thee'( /ði:/ ).




Advanced points for definite and indefinite articles:Image

Classes (formal):

The tiger is threatened with extinction.

To name a work by an artist:

My mother found a  Salvador Dali in the attic.

National groups:

The Irish are known to be great writers and drinkers.

In measurements ‘a/an’ can be used instead of ‘per’:

If petrol costs €1 a litre and your car is travelling at 50 miles  an hour,  how much will it cost to drive for 10 miles?

Some plural political/music/other groups:

The government is evenly divided between the Social Democrats and the Green Party.

To name jobs:

Otavio hopes to be a cosmonaut when he grows up.

Unique objects:

Which is further from earth, the sun or the moon?

To emphasise a person is unknown:

Miss Moneypenny said to Mr. Bond “a Mr. Evil called while you were saving the world”.

For titles (these tend to be unique):

Conor is the Director of Studies in our school.

Newspaper titles (‘The’ is capitalised):

The Irish Times gives more accurate information than the Sun.

Use ‘the’ when talking about ability to play:

Ko is learning how to play the bassoon.

Zero article for (almost all) street names:

Joanna was seen last night falling around Grafton Street with a bottle of Jameson in her hand.

‘The’ for rivers, mountains, sea, compass points, kingdoms, unions, united, republics and archipelagos:

The Liffey’s source is in the Wicklow mountains, it enters the Irish Sea which is to the east of Dublin  (between Ireland and the United Kingdom).

Name of university only if post-modified:


He studied in the University of Chicago, but his girlfriend studied in Oxford University.

Zero article before ‘most’ if it means ‘the majority’:

Most Americans can’t point out Paris on a map.

‘The’ goes before most when used as a superlative:

Paris is the most romantic city in Europe.