The following is a list of some of the Welsh words and phrases your child/ren may be using in and out of school, with translations and pronunciation guides. It will be regularly added to so please keep checking in.
Bore da – good morning
‘Bor’ like boar and ‘e’ as in the less polite way to say ‘pardon’: eh;
da (good) as is
So, boar-eh da.
Prynhawn da – good afternoon
Put a ‘p’ before run then how (as in ‘How do I speak Welsh?’) + n; or first 4 letters of hound.
Nos da – good night
Nos like Norse
Hwyl fawr – goodbye
Try hoo-eel for Hwyl and vow (as in promise)+ r for Fawr.
Dyma – here is
Dyma Miss Fry – here is Miss Fry
Dyma fi (vee) – here I am
Dyma’r ysgol – here is the school ( ‘r is the) – just add a rolling ‘r’ to Dum-ah
1 un - een
2 dau - Dai like the name or dye, die
3 tri - like tree
4 pedwar - ped as in pedal and war as in Wario NOT as in fighting with guns
5 pump - pimp as in pimple
6 chwech -
To master ch– impersonate Chewbacca, then take out the voice, just leaving the air blowing out through your mouth.
Try the wi in wind, but make it longer. Then another ch and join together.
7 saith - si as in sigh and th as in think, thump, thunder
8 wyth - oo-eeth (th as above)
9 naw - now, but slightly longer, to rhyme with miaow
10 deg - de a bit like de facto + hard g or as if you’re saying dig but making it very long: diiig.
coch – red - cor + ch as above (Chewbacca)
glas – blue - glass – but the posh way, almost glarss
melyn – yellow - Mel as in the name and yn like in
gwyrdd – green - gw as in Guadeloupe, Guatemala and Guam; yr as in irritate and th as in the
pinc – pink – exactly the same!
Cymalau Tymhorol / Seasonal Phrases
Nadolig Llawen – Merry Christmas
‘Nad’ – as is (rhymes with lad, glad, mad);
‘ol’ – as in Oliver
‘ig’ – as in The Stig
To master ‘ll’ – say ‘l’ then blow out of one side of your cheek.
So, ‘ll’ – as above
‘aw’ – as you’d say ow if you’d hurt yourself.
‘en’ – as in end
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda – Happy New Year
‘Blwy’ – like bluey
‘dd’ – soft thas in then, this, the
‘yn’ – like in
‘Ne’ – as in net, never, Nelly
‘wydd’ – like with
‘Dda’ – soft th + arr (though don’t say the rrs clearly)
Bluey-th-in Ne-with Th-arr
Sion Corn – Father Christmas
‘Sion’ – as you’d say Shaun
‘Cor’ – as in the way some people refer to Coronation Street – Corrie + ‘n’
eira – snow ey-raa
oer – cold oi as you might call someone + rrr oi-rrr
dyn eira – snowman deen ey-raa
rhodd – gift ‘rh’ should be pronounced, but can get away with rorth(soft th)
tinsel – tinsel same
carol – carol also same
coeden – tree coy-den
menyg – gloves men-ig
maneg – glove man-egg
Hope you enjoy learning some of these words – there will be NO exam. Check back for some more in a few days.