Speak like a local!
Shwd i chi? - Try your hand at Welsh!
What is Welsh? "Is it just a dialect of English?" many visitors
to Great Britain ask. Well, if you can't translate "Peidiwch a meddwi
gormod " easily, then you probably have the answer to that question!
If you feel, while trying your hand at a few of the welsh phrases below,
that you might like to try them out in Wales, why not join us on our Welsh
This truly beautiful region is still untouched by main-scale tourism.
For a magical stay in this varied landscape of rolling hills, black and
white timbered cottages, georgian house, and winding lanes join us in
and around the "Welsh Marches".
Welsh is a Celtic language, closely related to Breton, spoken in Brittany,
France and also to Cornish, once the language of Cornwall in England.
Welsh is also related, although not as closely, to the Gaelic languages
spoken in North Western Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
Although both English and Welsh do have links to the Indo-European language
group, there are no direct links between the languages, as you may have
realised by now!
Try your hand at the following. We hope your tongue doesn't get tied
in knots. If you wonder how the Welsh can pronounce seemingly impossible
words, remember some letters which are consonants in English are used
as vowels in Welsh.
Wales - Cymru
Good morning - Bore da
Good afternoon - Prynhawn da
Good night - Nos da
How are you? - Shwd i chi?
Very well, thank you - Da iawn, diolch yn fawr
Good gracious! - Diwedd mawr!
I am pleased to meet you - Neis cwrdd â chi
What is your name? - Beth yw'ch enw chi?
I don't know - Dwn i ddim
Till the next time - Tan y tro nesaf!
Cheers/Good Health - Iechyd da!
If you would like to explore the Welsh language and its pronunciation
further, visit http://www.cs.brown.edu/fun/welsh/Lesson01.html. The site
will tell you all you need to know and probably more about the Welsh language.