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"Is maith leat fíon."

Translation:You like wine.

August 28, 2014



How does this expression work?

August 28, 2014


You could break it down into something like "it is good with you, wine" or "wine is good with you". At this stage, though, I would just run with it until you're more comfortable with the individual words. You'll be coming across a lot of roundabout translations.

August 28, 2014


It goes: 'Is maith' and then the correct form of the preposition 'le'.

August 29, 2014


So 'is maith' is the 'you like' part, and the preposition is le+at?

December 13, 2014


It's hard to directly translate the phrase. 'Is maith' kind of just means 'like'. Leat is the part that means 'you' in the sentence. I suppose a literal translation would be 'Like you wine'. So 'is maith' means 'like' and 'leat' means 'you'.

December 16, 2014


"Leat" means "with you." The "t" at the end indicates "you" in the second person singular.

"Is maith" basically means "Is good."

"Fíon" is "wine."

"Is maith leat fíon" basically means "Is good, with you, wine;" or in proper English rather than word for word literalism, "Wine is good with you," or "You like wine."

February 12, 2019


Thanks!! That helps :)

December 18, 2014


Why does not the word 'is' sound like 'ish' since I is a slender vowel? As it does in 'cáis' for instance?

December 29, 2014


It is an exception. That's it. Let's just deal with it (some people claim that it used to be spelled "ios"... other people say it's because it can work as an abreviation of "agus"... who knows...)

January 17, 2015


Who doesn't? JK, good day to you all

October 31, 2017


Shouldn't there be a ?

June 2, 2016


No, it isn't a question, but rather a statement. It is said as if one knows the person in question drinks / likes wine.

August 11, 2016


So "fíon" means wine? Right?

August 11, 2016


Correct and right!

August 11, 2016


Thank you :)

August 18, 2016


Sure :)

September 2, 2016


You like wine?! I like tea.

October 3, 2017


So, is maith leat -means> you like while is maith liom -means> i like; how does it changes when I want to say 'they like' or 'we like'?

December 12, 2018


The base form of the preposition meaning 'with' is 'le.'

le = with

liom = with me

leat = with you (singular)

leis = with him (or with it when 'it' is masculine)

léi = with her (or with it when 'it' is feminine)

linn = with us

libh = with you (plural)

leo = with them

The 'like' part, 'is maith,' meaning 'is good,' does not change; e.g.,

Is maith liom fíon. = I like wine. (Wine is good with me.)

Is maith leat fíon. = You like wine. (Wine is good with you.)

Is maith léi fíon. = She likes wine.

And so forth.

February 12, 2019
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