Gaeilge agus Fáilte - Welcome to Irish Ceacht 7 - Lesson 7

Last time we met the simple word ‘maith’ meaning ‘good’. We can build on this.

Sunday, 21st June 2020, 11:33 am
Updated Sunday, 21st June 2020, 11:47 am
Signs in Irish and English at Bunbeg, County Donegal.

You may have heard ‘Maith thú!’ (moy hoo) - Good for you!or Well done! Talking to more than one person, we say, Maith sibh! (moy shiv).

Some more phrases:

Tá Dia maith. (ta jeea moy) God is good. Tá croí maith ag Bríd. (ta kree moy eg breej) Bríd has a good heart. Tá jab maith ag Pádraig. Pádraig has a good job.

Is múinteoir maith é. (iss moonchore moy ay) He is a good teacher.

Is maith sin. (iss moy shin) That is good.[‘Smashing!’ comes from this.]

If I want to say that I like something, I say ‘Is maith liom’. (iss moy lyum), really ‘It is good with me’. Is maith liom an teilifís. (un tellifeesh) I like television. Is maith liom dul amach. I like to go out.

To ask someone if he or she likes something we say ‘An maith leat -? (un moy lyat)

An maith leat prátaí? (praytee) Do you like spuds?

The answer would be ‘Is maith liom prátaí.’ or ‘Ní maith liom prátaí. (nyee moy lyum praytee) An maith leat an scoil? (un skul) Do you like school? Is maith liom an scoil, ach ní maith liom an obair bhaile. (ubir walyi) I like school but I don’t like the homework.

Have a look over the first lessons and translate: Aoife has a good car. Do you have a good teacher? Do you like music? I like music but I don’t like pop.

Tá carr maith ag Aoife. An bhfuil múinteoir maith agat? An maith leat ceol? Is maith liom ceol ach ní maith liom pop.

Proverb of the week: Ní raibh ‘maith go leor’ go maith riamh’. (nyee roe moy gu lyore moy reeoo).’Good enough’ was never good. Word of the week: ‘coimhéad’(kivayd) - Watch out!

Slán go fóill agus coimhéad!

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