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Wonderful Welsh Words

13 Feb 2019

You know spring is on the way when the bright daffodils start appearing, sometimes it feels like a Welsh invasion with the flower being the national emblems of our dear neighbours. Good timing for these pretty yellow flowers as St. David’s Day, the patron saint of Wales, is on the 1st of March.

Wales has adopted the daffodil as its flower somewhat by mistake! The Welsh for leek (the original national emblem) is Cenhinen, while the Welsh for daffodil is Cenhinen Pedr. Over the years they became confused until the daffodil was adopted as a second emblem of Wales. The welsh language is musical and to the outsider can seem quite unfathomable. So, to help you on your way, here’s some words for you to test your self with!

Hello - Shwmae (pronounced sh-may) is an informal greeting.

Peach - is known as the “eirin gwlanog” (ay-reen glan-og), literally translated as woolly plums, how cute!

Microwave - Now, we hate to break it to you, but it isn’t ‘Popty-ping’. The Welsh word for microwave is “meicrodon” – “meicro” being Welsh for micro, and “don”, the mutated word for ton (tohn), literally means wave. And “ffwrn” just means oven.

Butterfly - Pili Pala (pilly palla), we love this one but there’s another word for butterfly “Iar fach yr haf” which means “little summer chicken”, so we think we love that one a little bit more!

Carrot - Moron (moh ron), no family dinner is complete without them!

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