Our ‘how to’ guide to pronunciation

Our ‘how to’ guide to pronunciation

Helping you get your head, or rather your tongue, around the Welsh language!

You’ve booked your holiday, packed your bags and made your way to North Wales; but have you brushed up on any Welsh? I thought it time to try my hand at some useful phrases and tackle popular place names; and share their tricky pronunciations with you, in the hope that more of us will speak at least a little Welsh each day!

‘Croeso i Gymru’ is likely to be the first Welsh you come across during your stay in North Wales; you will spot plenty more Welsh on signs, in shops and hear it spoken around you. I must admit my Welsh leaves rather a lot to be desired. I know the odd word, with odd being the important point here, as they could not be used to string a sentence together! I can recall allan for exit, araf meaning slow and llaths the word for yards; there is no prize for guessing where I picked up the majority of my Welsh.

Interestingly in a Government survey completed last year it was found, out of those surveyed, the number of non-fluent Welsh speakers had increased substantially. Giving us all the more reason to attempt to learn some basic Welsh, here goes!

 Useful Welsh phrases


 When driving round North Wales, it can be incredibly hard to pick up the proper pronunciation of the place names you see on signs along the way. Most are hard enough to spell, let alone say. Below I’ve featured a couple of the commonly mispronounced places along with the phonetic sounds to help you. There is a bit of a challenge too - the longest place name in the whole of the UK!

Place names


I know I am far from fluent but at least now I will be able to use some basic Welsh whilst running errands, out for food or exploring all that North Wales has to offer! Why not print out our handy tables and keep them close by whilst holidaying here?

Monday 13 June 2016