'Yes, Mucker. It's so cold the wains are foundered. We'll get home and get a cup of tea and it'll be wee buns".
Confused? Not if you're a Derry native. You'll know what I'm saying is 'Hello. It's so cold the children are freezing but it'll all be fine once we get home and have a cup of tea".
So common are phrases like "I'm raging" (I'm very angry) or "Mind" (Do you remember?) that they've become part of the English language conversation class for migrants in the city.
Tucked away in a quiet street below the city's ancient walls, the group of 13 migrants from countries including Syria, Latvia, Iraq and Kenya meet every Tuesday and Thursday to learn conversational English, chat and get answers to questions they might have about settling into a new life. There are a number of couples who are in the group, whose grasp of English ranges from excellent to just a few words. However, the distinct dialect of Derry is new to all of them and needs some explaining.
Their teacher is well placed to give them the inside track. Pat McArt was editor of the Derry Journal for many years. While he was born in Donegal, his working life was spent in Derry where he's well known and highly regarded.
Dotted around the tables in the classroom, McArt has placed well-known Derry phrases on A4 sheets. They're the kind of sayings that if you're living in the city, you'd be used to hearing on a regular basis. But if you're new to the city like these students, they do take a bit of explaining.
While McArt says he introduced the phrases initially as a bit of fun, the truth is these terms are essential to getting by in Derry. "If someone does something wrong or they're embarrassed, they'd say 'I'm broke to the bone' or 'I'm affronted'. There's all kinds of expressions in Derry - it's a different kind of language," he says.
He opens up the discussion to the group asking if anyone knows what it means when someone says: 'Catch yourself on'. From their expressions, it's clear nobody has the foggiest. McArt explains that it's said in response to something ridiculous like paying hundreds of pounds for a haircut. If someone suggested doing that, you'd tell them to catch themselves on, he says.
Some of the phrases used in the daily life of the city were propelled to international prominence when Derry Girls, the cult Channel 4 comedy series set against the backdrop of the Troubles, hit the small screen.
The TV station even published a glossary of terms for viewers to bring them up to speed with the vernaclular so that nobody would ever be left in doubt that 'a dose' was an unbearable human being or that to 'boke' is to vomit.
In McArt's class, Munadel Bazzara, originally from Aleppo in Syria and who came to Derry with his wife and three of his children, is hoping that he can bring a little piece of his homeland to Derry. A restaurateur at home before he had to flee, he would one day like to open a café selling Syrian cakes and desserts.
Father of five Mohammad Odabachi, also from Syria, says he has fallen in love with the city and its people, and is happy to be building a new life for himself and his family there. He enjoys the banter with McArt about the local dialect, laughing at some of the translations.
The conversation classes were the brainchild of Lilian Seenoi-Barr, who set up the North West Migrants Forum in 2012. From Kenya in Africa, she arrived in Derry in 2010 as a refugee, her young son in tow, without family or friends. Because of her own experience in trying to access services and get advice, she felt it was necessary to have a holistic service for migrants in one central location in the city.
Supported by lottery funding, the centre helps people with practical things like finding a GP or learning conversational English. Seenoi-Barr believes the forum is crucial to helping people integrate into the community so that they can contribute to society in the long term. While she says the culture and politics of Derry are complex, the words can be confusing for new arrivals, too.
"When someone says to you 'what's the craic?' you are embarrassed when you realise they are saying hello. All this terminology is foreign to you," she says.
A decade after she left Africa, Seenoi-Barr is now married to a Derryman and considers herself a local. Her own accent carries much of Derry in its lilt. "I'm definitely a Derry girl now. If someone asked me where I was from, I'd say Derry," she says.
McArt's involvement in the project is one he is proud of. "It's a whole new experience for me. The people are amazing. Some left their homes with just the clothes on their backs. I consider them friends," he says. "I came from a very serious background," he says of his former life editing the Derry Journal through the darkest days of the Troubles.
"It was all murder, mayhem and politics. To come here, it's very life-affirming," adds McArt.
And while he says introducing the local lingo is a bit of fun, the truth is in Derry if someone walks up to you and tells you to 'catch yourself on' or tells you they're 'foundered' or even calls you 'mucker', you need to be able to understand all that. Wee buns to that.
Bars: Gossip / scandal
Broke to the bone: Hugely embarrassed
Catch yourself on: "Don't be so ridiculous"
Cracker: Beyond brilliant
Dose: An unbearable human being
Hi: A sound placed at the end of almost any sentence for no particularly reason, eg "No problem hi"