Happy St-Patrick’s Day everyone…or should I say it in Gaelic: Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh [pronounciation: Law Ale-yeh Pawd-rig Sunna Deev!] I hope I got it right!
We celebrate the patron saint of Ireland on March 17th. It represents a celebration of Irish music, language, art and culture. It is a feast that has extended beyond the Irish borders. When I was a child, I remember the St-Paddy’s Day parade in Montreal & I had a St-Paddy’s Pub Party in Milan only last year where I drank my fair share of Guinness.
Here are some key pub crawling expressions that will come in handy today:
- A pint of Guinness, please! (i.e. request for an irish beer…dark ale)
- Cheers! (i.e. word to express good wishes)
- Health & Wealth! (i.e. words to express good wishes)
- Beer up! (i.e. Come one! Drink your beer!)
- It’s all Hunky Dory! (i.e. it’s all good! My irish friends use this expression often)
- Can we start a tab? (i.e. to open credit at the bar and pay for drinks at the end of the night)
- I am a teetotaler. (i.e.I abstain from drinking alcohol)
- It’s on me! (i.e. I will pay for your drink.)
- I got this round. (I.e. I will pay for the drinks we’ve just ordered)
- Last orders! (i.e. bartender announces last chance to buy an alcoholic beverage. US: last call)
If you drink too much on St-Paddy’s Day, here is what you can say the next day:
- I got drunk.
- I got wasted.
- I got sloshed.
- I got plastered.
- I got hammered.
- I am hungover.
- I have a hangover.
In honour of St-Patrick’s Day, here are some green idioms:
- My new diamond ring made my friend green with envy.( i.e. appearing jealous or envious)
- John and Mark are good neighbours. A hedge between keeps friendship green. (i.e. maintain a good friendship by respecting each other’s privacy)
- Are you sure you are ok? You look green around the gills. (i.e. to look sick)
- My boss gave me the green light to kick off the project.(i.e. give permission to do something)
- The new hire seems pretty green (i.e. inexperienced) to me.
Fluency Builder: Discuss the following questions with your teacher or a friend.
- Have you ever celebrated St-Patrick’s Day?
- Tell the story of when you got totally wasted.
p.s. Anna & Roisin…thinking of you today!
p.p.s. a little Andy humour for advanced learners