Welcome to Betws-y-Coed why not try speaking some Cymraeg (Kuhm- righe)?
If you’re reading this in or around Betws-y-Coed you will no doubt have already heard Welsh spoken around you. It’s the first language of many local people in this part of Wales and it’s the oldest used language in Europe.
Welsh belongs to the group of Gaelic/Brithonic languages, together with Irish, Breton, Cornish and the extinct language known as Cumbric. So, what did the Romans do for us? Well Welsh is strongly influenced by Latin; A Stryd is a street from Stratum, Llaeth is milk from lactum, Ysgol is a school from Scola, for example.
The Welsh language developed gradually, though from the 14th Century onwards it has remained very similar to the Welsh written and spoken today. That is apart from the Norman/English words which have sneaked in, like flio for flying (whereas hedfan is ‘proper’ Welsh) or dreifio for driving (Gyrru in ‘proper’ Welsh).
Welsh is a living language, a local language so why not give it a try? After all, the Welsh national hymn ‘Hen Wlad fy’n Nhadau’ ends with the expectation that it will last forever.
|How are you?
|Thank you very much
||Diolch yn fawr
||(Dee-ol[ch] Uhn Vaoor)
|Betws y Coed
||(Bet-oos er Koyd)
[ch] and [ll] – ask a local, and have some fun learning how to say them - but please do so in the right spirit. Respect is the first step to friendship.