15 Handy Welsh Phrases

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If you’re heading to Cardiff for the meeting of Ireland and Wales on Friday 10th March, you may want to do a Deano on it and scrub up on your Welsh (if you’re not sure who Deano is, check out the video below). You aren’t likely to hear it that much when you’re out and about, but it’s always good to have a few words…

See herehere and here for the rest of our blogs for those of you planning to travel to Cardiff.

The one thing that goes hand in hand with being Irish is our unending obsession with the weather. With that in mind, we’ve included three small phrases which should cover most bases. Unless it snows, then you’re on your own.

  • It’s sunny. – Mae’n heulog.
  • It’s raining. – Mae’n bwrw glaw.
  • It’s cold. – Mae’n oer.

After the discussion about weather, here are some phrases which you might want to drop into conversation in an attempt to feign the extent of your cultural knowledge. As to how everything is pronounced, you can check out Google Translate.

  1. Cheers! – Iechyd da!
  2. Hello – Shwmae / S’mae
  3. How are you? – Sut mae?
  4. I’m fine thanks, and you? – Da iawn, diolch. A tithau?
  5. What’s your name? – Beth ydy dy enw di?
  6. My name is … – … dwi.
  7. Good morning   – Bore da
  8. Good afternoon – P’nawn da, Prynhawn da
  9. Sorry – Mae’n ddrwg ‘da fi/ gen i, Sori
  10. Thank you – Diolch / Diolch yn fawr
  11. Where’s the toilet? – Ble mae’r toiled?
  12. Would you like to dance with me? – Ti’n moyn dawnsio da fi?

It may also be worth checking out Jonathan Ross and Griff Rhys Jones’ brief chat about Welsh phrases here as well:

Photo by Chris McKenna (Thryduulf) under CC-BY-SA-4.0 licence.