Speak Slang Like a Native
"Ah here" an Irish Slang phrase.
Learn how to use, Ah here an Irish Slang phrase on the online language exchange website Smart Language Solutions.
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Here at Smart Language Solutions we love the way language evolves, and we think slang is the most interesting example of language evolution.
Is slang rude and/or vulgar?
Yes and no.
Of course some slang terms can be rude and vulgar, and some slang terms can be “clean”.
In fact even the rude and vulgar terms can be used in a manner that does not cause offense; a typical example is the “f” word.
In Britain this word is considered offensive by most people no matter the context.
However, just across the Irish Sea in Ireland the “f” word can be used in a non-vulgar manner, to the extent that you might hear it on talk radio at any time of the day.
If you want to improve your English we suggest the two following options, one choose an online language exchange site like ours.
On our site you can find online language exchange partners to practice your second language.
Two listen to online English language talk radio.
Before you tune into English language talk radio, you should note that some channels broadcast their content based on the political ideology (left or right) of the station owner.
Here are some stations you could listen to online:
Radio 5 Live (UK)
Radio 4 (UK)
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Can slang can cause both native and non-native speakers problems?
Yes and here are some reasons slang terms can cause problems.
Some slang phrases are only used in one English speaking country and not others.
Some slang phrases are only used in limited parts of some countries and are so local they might be completely incomprehensible to anyone from outside the area.
And some slang phrases have different meanings in different counties, for example the slang word “pissed” means angry in American English and drunk in British English.
In American they say:
Speaker one: “John was so pissed last night”
Speaker two: “Yes, I have never seen him so angry”
In Britain and Ireland they say:
Speaker one: “John was so pissed last night”
Speaker two: “Yes, I have never seen him drink so much beer; he must have a big hangover today”
One thing we love at Smart Language Solutions is learning new slang phrases especially local slang phrases.
That’s why we want to help you to better understand the non-vulgar Irish slang phrase “ah here”.
What is the correct pronunciation of "Ah" in the phrase?
The correct way to pronounce the “Ah” is to use the same “a” sound from the following words “Alphabet” and “Addiction”.
What is the meaning of here?
Here can be used as an adverb, a noun, an adjective, an interjection and in many idioms.
As an adverb it is used to suggest a place, “put your coat here”.
As a noun it is used to suggest a locality, “I live a short distance from here”.
As an adjective it is used to suggest emphasis, "Look at this book, here"
As an interjection it is used to get attention, "Here! Listen to me"
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In Ireland when they put ah + here together in the same sentence they could mean a number of different things.
It is slang after all!
The slang term, ah here is used to express a strong disagreement with another person’s statement.
For example, two people are having an argument and one person makes a statement that the other person disagrees with the first person can use ah here to emphasis their disagreement.
Speaker One – “I know Brexit will be great for Ireland”
Speaker Two – “Ah here, that’s complete nonsense”
Ah here can also be used to express frustration, especially when one person thinks the other is lying.
Speaker one – “I did not fight with your brother last night!”
Speaker two – “Ah here that’s a lie; I have mobile phone video of you and my brother fighting.”
When ah here is combined with “leave it out” it is used to make a very strong suggestion to stop doing something.
Speaker one – “Just look at how fast I can accelerate my car from 100KM to 150KM”
Speaker two – “Ah here leave it out, we are in 50KM zone”
Before you read on, remember after you have read this blog you will find a fun quiz on our website, goo.gl/R5znU5
The Irish slang phrase, ah here, is used to express disagreement, frustration, or a desire for someone to stop doing something.
Now you know the meaning of ah here, the question has to be:
How can I safely practice using this and other slang phrases?
There are many ways to practice using your language skills, for example you could travel to the country where they speak your second language and immerse yourself in the environment.
However this is not always practical, or cheap.
You could attend your local language school and take some language lessons.
This is a great option, but you are limited to following the curriculum of the language school, and may never get a chance for free speaking during lesson time.
Here at Smart Language Solutions we suggest the best way to improve your second language is to use our language exchange website.
What is language exchange?
Language exchange is where two or more people with different native languages meet to practice each other’s languages in a safe, fun and non-judgmental environment.
However a big problem with traditional language exchange is it can be difficult to find people in your town or city who are happy to meet you and exchange languages.
That is why we created Smart Language Solutions, the online language exchange website.
What is an online language exchange website?
An online language exchange website is a place for people who want to improve their second or third language by speaking with native speakers and virtually immersing themselves in the culture without ever leaving home!
Elena lives in Moscow and is an executive at a large international accounting company; she wants to improve her English and French for work.
Isabel lives in Montpelier and wants to practice Russian for fun.
Mark lives in Dublin and will be transferred by his company to Moscow in 6 months for a year, and he wants to improve his Russian.
Elena, Isabel and Mark all have accounts on the Smart Language Solutions language exchange website, where they use the search function to find each other.
Elena asks Isabel to help her improve her intermediate level French and Isabel gets Elena to help her with her Russian pronunciation.
Elena improves her business English with Mark, and then helps Mark improve his Russian language and understanding of Moscow culture.
Why should I use Smart Language Solutions for my language exchange?
We offer safe and secure video, voice and text chat.
This means our users do not have to share any personal details, such as email, Skype or Facetime id with other users.
Using our search filters our clients can find chat partners with the same interests, and age ranges.
The Smart Language Solutions language exchange website is not a teaching method or school; it is way to immerse yourself in the second or third language you want to improve without ever leaving the comfort of your home, office or local coffee shop!
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