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"Is maith liom sciortaí."

Translation:I like skirts.

October 18, 2014



Gosh, I wish this sentence were pronounced. Irish is so hard, and not hearing new words makes is so much harder!


Is mah leeom shkertee would be my best job at describing the pronunciation


How would you say "I don't like skirts"? Would it be the same but with the word for 'not' before the 'Is' or would you omit 'Is'?


is the negative form of is. So it'd be Ní maith liom sciortaí


But who doesn't like skirts?


me. I don't like wearing dresses/skirts. I prefer to wear jeans.


Ar mhaith leat bríste


It would be ‘Ní maith liom sciorta’. ‘Is' is kinda like the word for agreeing in Irish( Níl is the opposite).


níl is only the opposite of . For other verbs and the copula (is) the negative form is (in the present tense).

ní ithim rís - "I don't eat rice"
ní ritheann sé - "he doesn't run"
Ní feirmeoir mé - "I'm not a farmer"

But níl mé fuar - "I'm not cold" or níl mé i gCorcaigh - "I'm not in Cork"


Does this sentence imply "I like [wearing] skirts" or "I like [when girls wear] skirts"?


Neither, really. It's just "I like skirts."


What do the words "maith" and "liom" stand for?


Duolingo teaches by example by providing you with enough examples that you can figure that out for yourself.

Here are some of the other sentences that Duolingo uses to help you figure out what maith and liom mean:
Is maith liom rís agus is maith léi pasta - "I like rice and she likes pasta"
Is maith linn cait agus is maith libh madraí - "We like cats and you like dogs"
Is maith liom an scéal - "I like the story"
Is maith leo an fharraige - "They like the sea"
Is maith leis a óstán - "He likes his hotel"
Is maith leat brocailí - "You like broccoli"
Ní maith leo mairteoil - "They do not like beef"
Ní maith leat líomóid - "You do not like lemon"
Ní maith liom an praghas - "I don't like the price"
Is aoibhinn linn spórt - "We love sport"
Is aoibhinn liom an Astráil - "I love Australia"
Is fuath liom an dorchadas - "I hate the dark"
Is fuath leat an bháisteach - "You hate the rain"
Is fuath liom an zú - "I hate the zoo"


"I prefer skirts." is not accepted. I thought originally I had read "is maith liom" could mean "I like" or "I prefer" -- or am I missing some subtle nuance?


is fearr liom is I prefer


Baineann caint Father Jack na deora asam! Maith thú Owen!

[Shílfeá gur scriosadh a chuid aisfhreagra clíste sin, is mór an trua]


I have finally learned the rule that "Is" is used for and only for connecting two nouns, that is, in the cupola form. So how does that apply here? Literally, skirts are good to me.


There is a great deal more to the copula is than "[it] is used for and only for connecting two nouns". The copula can be used with nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs and prepositions. The key thing about nouns is that you can't say Tá (noun) (noun), and the copula is the most basic way to equate two nouns.

In this case, while maith can be both a noun and an adjective, some of the other words in this type of statement can only be adjectives (is aoibhinn liom é, is iontach liom é, is cuma liom .srl.), so I wouldn't get too attached to a "literal" translation here - while "good" is a positive adjective in English, "good" and "like" aren't exactly synonyms. The kinda/sorta "literal" translation gets you into the right ballpark.


Thank you very much SatharnPHL.

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