When I arrived in England, I couldn’t speak a word of English, so I decided to take some lessons.
My teacher told us that we should be careful as in many ways English was a confusing language. Many a trap lies waiting for the unsuspecting student. At first, I took his advice with a pinch of salt, but I was soon to learn by bitter experience.
I remember, only too well, an evening I spent in a local pub.
Go haywire – барахлить (о технике), сойти с ума (о людях).
About things: go wrong, break down, malfunction, stop working, behave wring, get confused, out of control.
About people: go berserk, furious, frantic