Wales

Cymru

KUM-ree

Hello

Shwmae

SHOO-mai

Cheers (Goodbye)

Hwyl

HOO-eel

Yes

Ie

EE-yay

No

Na

nah

Please

Plis

plis

Thank you

Diolch

DEE-olch (“ch” as in “loch” not “chew”)

Welcome (both the greeting and the response to ‘thank you’

Croeso

kro-EH-so

Good morning

Bore da

BOAR-eh daa

Good night

Nos da

noss daa

Mother

Mam

mahm

Father

Tad

tahd

Grandmother

Nain or Mamgu

nine, MAHM-gee

Grandfather

Taid or Tadcu

tide, TAHD-kee

Saint David

Dewi Sant

DEW-ee Sahnt

Snowdon (the mountain)

Yr Wyddfa

ear WITH-va

Dog

Ci

kee

Cat

Cath

kahth

Black

Du

dee

Blue

Glas

glahs

Brown

Brown

broan

Green

Gwyrdd

GOO-irth

Orange

Oren

O-rehn

Red

Coch

koch (“ch” as in “loch” not “chew”)

Yellow

Melyn

MEL-in

White

Gwyn

gwin

One

Un

een

Two

Dau

dai

Three

Tri

tree

Four

Pedwar

PED-ooahr

Five

Pump

pimp

Six

Chwech

choo-EHch**

Seven

Saith

syehth (soft “th” as in “with” not “the”)

Eight

Wyth

OO-eeth (soft “th”)

Nine

Naw

nahw

Ten

Deg

dehg

**pronounce “ch” as in the word “loch” not as in “chew” – it’s a sound in the back of your throat.  “Chwech” is not an easy word to say even when you can hear it first.  You can hear it pronounced in a number game at the BBC’s Snapdragon web site.

 

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