During my trip to Wales last spring, I finally had the chance to really see how bad my Welsh pronunciation was. After two weeks, it was really getting better, but I am by no means an expert. If you want to pronounce the names accurately, the following is a good start. I can testify that the pronunciation below for Llangollen, for example, is exactly right. Remember, in Welsh, the emphasis in on the second to last syllable in a word.
This post is to follow up on the pronunciation guide.
First off are two fabulous maps with audio place names for Wales:
Below is a quick guide to just a few Welsh place-names:
Afon Dee: av-on dee
Castell Coch: kas-te/sh/t koch
Dinas Emrys: dinnass emm-riss
Ynys Mon: un-iss mon
|thanks very much||diolch yn fawr||dee-olck unn vowr|
|OK||iawn||ee-yown (rhymes with gown)|
|good morning||bore da||bor-eh dah|
|good afternoon||prynhawn da||prin-hown dah|
|good evening||noswaith dda||noss-wythe-ah|
|good night||nos da||noss dah|
|currant bread||bara brith||barrah breeth|
|leek soup||cawl cennin||cowl kennin|