March 1st, 2007
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Dydd Dewi Sant Hapus/Happy Saint David’s Day


welshflag.jpgHappy Saint David’s Day People! For the unaware, St. David’s Day is the Patron Saint of Wales, and – being a red blooded Welshman, I, like a lot of my countrymen, are celebrating. Of course, I’m not drinking (I still have to go into work), but I thought about what I can do to help you appreciate my culture. So I’m going to teach you a little Welsh! Baiscally, a few Welsh facts, as well as Welsh words and facts. No doubt some smart alec Welsh grammar nazi will correct me if I’m incorrect in the comments. But, as a semi-fluent Welshie, this is what I’ll say, and I’ve never had any problems. I’ve tried to pick ones that I don’t have to explain the Ll’s and the Ch’s that are abundant in Wales, so they should be easy to pronounce. Try them on your co-workers!

Five Important Welsh Sentances They Don’t Teach You In School

  1. Un beint o’r cwrw (ian baint or coo-roo) – One pint of beer
  2. Mae Cynghair Pel Droed Cymru ydy swbriel (My Cunghigher Pail Droid Cum-Ree uh-dee soob-re-ell) – The League of Wales is Rubbish
  3. Gae’r hi bronnau fel brynnau (Gair he bron-nai vel brin-nai) – She’s got boobs like mountains.
  4. Dwi eisiau mynd i’r tafarn i gael wyneb cachu (Dwee ay-shy mind ear tavarn e guy-l we-neb cack-ee) – I want to go to the pub to get shit-faced
  5. Wyt Ti Siarad Saesneg? (Oit Tea Sharad Sai-sneg?) – Do you speak English?

Five Welsh Words You Don’t Need Translating

  1. Sgam – Scam
  2. Plastig – Plastic
  3. E-Bost – E-Mail
  4. Tacsi – Taxi
  5. Slic – Slick

Five Great Welsh Sentances

  1. Dwi hoffi Sboncen (Dweee hoff-ee S-bonking) – I like Squash
  2. Dwi ddim eisiau mynd i’r Penmaenmawr achos dwi wedi gael Penmaenmawr (Dweee thim ay-shy mind ear Pen-mine-maur ac-hos dwee wed-ee guile  Pen-mine-maur) – I don’t want to go to Penmaenmawr because I’m hungover.
  3. Dwi hoffi froffi coffi (Dwee hoff-ee Frothy Coffee) – I like frothy coffee
  4. Bwrw Cwrw (Boo-Roo Coo-Roo) – It’s Raining Beer
  5. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (Llan-vire-pooll-guin-gill-go-ger-u-queern-drob-ooll-llandus-ilio-gogo-goch) – St Mary’s church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio of the red cave

Five Welsh Swear Words

  1. Cachau bant (Cack-eye bant) – Fuck off
  2. Ffwcin Slebog (Fook-kin Sleb-bog) – Fucking Slut
  3. O Pidyn (Or Pid-din) – O cock
  4. Twllt Din (tookt Dear-n) – Arsehole
  5. Cau Dy wyneb a Ffwcio dy ewyrth (Kai duh win-neb a fook-e-o duh oirth) – Shut you fucking face, uncle fucker

Five Welsh Sentances for Han

  1. Cara cathau bach a chwningod (Cah-rah cath-eye bar-ch ar kwin-god) – I like kittens and bunnies
  2. Dwi meddwl James May ydy neis iawn (Dwee Merth-ool James May uh-dee nays yiawn) – I think James May is well fit.
  3. Fi angen at Briodi a klingon (Vee an-gen at Bree-oh-dee a Klingon) – I want to Marry a Klingon
  4. Do Rhys , Ca hystlen chennych , amdanat re rhywiau iawn (Dor Rhys, car hist len cen-ic, amd-an-at ree rhiw-ee-eye yiawn) – I’m not translating this one, I’ll get in trouble!
  5. Scwiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii – Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!*

Five Fun Welsh Facts

  1. Apparently (I can’t confirm this) but they opened a Subway in Iraq, before they opened one in Wales.
  2. Colwyn Bay F.C. (1881) was formed before the likes of Tottenham Hotspur (1882), Arsenal (1886), Manchester City (1887), Liverpool, Newcastle (both 1892), Bacelona (1899) and Chelsea (1905).
  3. Owain Glyndwr, the Welsh Prince who led a revolt against English rule of Wales, was put to defeated by Henry V, the King of England. Owain Glyndwr was born in Hawarden, at the time disputingly English. Henry V was born in Monmouth, which was at the time disputingly Welsh.
  4. Parts of the North West of Wales have never been conquered, so there are people from the Anglesey/Gwynedd area who can say they are truely British, much to the ire of most of England.
  5. St David reportedly died on March 1st, hence why this day is St. David’s Day.

Dydd Dewi Sant Hapus i Bawb!

*May Not Be a Welsh Word
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