This is how I learned it: I before E except after C or when sounding like 'ay' as in 'neighbor' or 'weigh'.
And then, to supplement that rule: Either seize their weird foreign heights or forfeit your leisure.
Haha wow. We're on the same wavelength.
It would appear so.
Except weird and their...):
And a bunch of other words.
I read somewhere that the rule is "I before E, except after C and when sounded like A"...which explains words like weigh and neighbour. But it still doesn't cover everything.
They don't teach that rule in England anymore, as far as i'm aware anyway.