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Welsh Smash

Welsh Smash

I recently spent a week in Wales and it was an absolute joy. There's so much to see and the people are great, so I will most likely go back next year.

And one thing you can't help but be impressed by is the Welsh written language. Never before have I seen a language look so random, and I learned that it's a running joke that Welsh is basically just random key smashing. And I don't mean that mockingly, because that is bloody amazing.

19th November 2013
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7 years ago #9612010        


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8 years ago #9446951        

Once you know how to pronounce the letters in our alphabet, it's rather simple to read and pronounce.

It gets a little complicated around the letter f (pronounced like a 'v', 'ff' is 'f') and 'dd', 'll' are variations of the 'th' sound (not quite, but close enough).

And we also have 'ch' (which sounds kind of like you're trying to spit - "like the ch in the Scottish word ‘loch’, but with more phlegm"), 'ng' ("as in ‘song’, where the g isn’t hard, like in ‘gig’, but a soft glottal stop made in your throat" - sometimes you see Nghymru (original: Cymru), which is a mutation of the word for the sake of grammar), 'ph' ('English' f, like 'ff'), 'r' must be rolled (if you can roll your r's), 'rh' ("make a huffy, breathy sound before your rolled ‘r’").

And we pronounce the other letters in the alphabet differently too.

... You don't really realise how... strange it is until you write it down...

(I had to look up how to pronounce some letters, as some are hard to describe when you're used to them and have known them since you were little)

Eventually, Welsh letters make sense. It's hilarious to see young children learn both alphabets in school and try to keep them separate! (We're very bilingual here; lots of people speak both Welsh and English)

7 years ago #9509213        

When putting:
"And I don't mean that mockingly, because that is bloody amazing."
into Google translate, it becomes:
"Ac nid wyf yn golygu y watwarus, oherwydd mae hynny'n gwaedlyd anhygoel."
in Welsh.

7 years ago #9593498        

Honestly the Welsh language genuinely fascinates me. I remember when I was younger and I would go into Google translate and keysmash and hit translate and some of it would be actual words! Like dude! That's so neat that maybe one day I'll actually try to learn some Welsh. Mad respect for them for that. They have such an interesting language!

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9 years ago #9283747        

Actually Welsh makes much more sense than English xD English is soooo much more complicated and random. As soon as you know the Welsh alphabet, you can read everything. But if you know the English'll read like half of the words wrong. Maybe even more ;)

7 years ago #9585884        

I should write a clever response to this comic!

ysrhavjb hrfb rcgrhefaksdc rkysaj cfgvlmudnsycgb gfvbhdklsmfx n leikbh vlgb hjkmeld vgsjrejm mf ehj

7 years ago #9509140        

This is an accurate representation of 80% of all internet arguments.

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2 years ago #9861794        

Me to!
Hefisöj elyptojfis rlgltoofzlaoeohobd flvogoso fogovidigotoeobogowoy fohofocororovisot dltkfk kw rbgnr nkrgiei iektnrfnvkkeykgk bebnrkdkhiwi irtiihhieohoi itoyoofhodoeoo o rorocogodl t orogovofowob ohj öd lcödöwö delhodi


5 years ago #9797977        

Humon is Danish. But she lived in England from sometime in 2012 to April 2014. .

6 years ago #9718489        

I need a clever response to this comic!

Yn pecddahec kodebep r'hinih ty tunec kamnok, co tunec cehutehec nih cekapddeöœhineh r'panutkan.

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