Wythnos Cymraeg || Welsh Week.

If someone asked you:

Sut ydw i’n mynd i Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?

What would you do?

Would you:

1) Look at them with wide eyes, think they had started speaking in tongues, stutter a few incoherent words and run away in horror.

2) Look at them with wide eyes, stutter a few incoherent words and then cough and flip through your phrase book and say “Dw I ddim yn deal. You don’t happen to speak English do you?!”

3) Look at the with wide eyes, stutter a few incoherent words as your panicked expression turns to awe and say “Wow, I have never actually heard anyone say it out loud before… well, except a few drunken English tourists/students”

4) Look at them with a smile and say “Oh, all you’d need to do is go across the Britannia Bridge and there should be should sign posts when you get to Anglesey.”

5) Look at them with a smile and say “Why would you want to go there? It always full of tourists! Come, come along and we will find a pub and you can tell me all about your magnificent land and its culture.”

If you answered with number one, then you’ll probably want to back away slowly, make some cheese on toast and stay away from my blog for the next week.

If you answered with 2, 3, 4 and 5, then WELCOME TO WELSH WEEK or should I say (possibly incorrectly*) CROESO Y WHYTHNOS CYMRAEG.

Go and make some rarebit, make a panad and join me as I celebrate everything to do with this glorious country.

If you’re familiar with the land of Wales, you may know that 1st March is St David’s Day (Or if we’re being Welshically correct Ddyl Gŵyl Dewi!)and I wanted to do a little something, something for it….

You may know that I spent three years drinking and avoiding deadlines like a ninja studying at Bangor University, so Wales will always have a special place in my heart.
Also, my granddad on my dad’s side is from Gwynedd so it truly is the…. land of my fathers.
Heh… heh.

So, even though I now live across the border in the land of lions, I still think of the land of dragons fondly and I miss it terribly.

I have decided that in this week leading up to St David’s day, I will be only reading books either written by Welsh authors or books that are set in Wales.

The list goes as follows:

1) The Welsh Fairy Book by W. Jenkyn Thomas. [My Review]
2) Submarine by Josh Dunthorne. [My Review]
3) The Earth Hums in B- Flat by Mari Strachan. [My Review]
4) The Snow Spider Trilogy by Jenny Nimmo.  [A re-read but I just love it so much I couldn’t not include it] [My Review]

I’ve roped in a few of my friends [in particular Ceri, who is from the land of Tom Jones Wales who has strived endlessly helping me with translations to help me along the way and to come up with the “Fun Welsh Word of the Day!” feature that you will see at the bottom of each post] so you will be seeing what exciting things they have to offer.
Also, don’t forget to check back at the weekend for an explosion of all things Cymraeg!

What’s in a Name? by J. Anderson Coats.
From Cymru with Cariad. 

So until tomorrow, here is a playlist of the best of the best Welsh music to get you all giddy (and will let me get away with picking songs not by a Welsh artist for my Theme Tunes… *smiles sweetly*)

She’s a Lady || It’s Not Unusual by Sir Tom Jones. *throws knickers*

Diamonds are Forever by Dame Shirley Bassey. [I wish you could hear the noises coming out of my mouth when I sing this song]

Motorcycle Emptiness || A Design for Life by The Manic Street Preachers.

The Bartender and the Thief || A Thousand Trees || Pick a Part That’s New || Dakota by Stereophonics [OK, I love this band. And Kelly Jones is fiiiiit.]

Something 4 the Weekend by Super Furry Animals.

Rain on Your Parade || Mercy by Duffy.

Walking in the Air by Aled Jones. [Welsh. Legend.]

Mulder and Scully || Road Rage by Catatonia. [So much sadness experienced by moi when I realised I couldn’t roll my rs. Singing “loooooad laaaaage” just doesn’t cut it for those picky Welshies.]

Total Eclipse of the Heart || I Need a Hero by Bonnie Tyler. [I wish you could see the shapes I manage to get my body in when I dance to these songs. Bloody anthems. The Welsh sure know how to make epic songs.

And…. you thought I’d forgotten:

Something Inside So Strong by Uncle Bryn.

Also, to keep this post relatively relevant.
Did you know that Christian Bale is Welsh?
Oh no look what happened.

Any excuse to get some Laurie involvement. And it’s YA. IT COUNTS.

Also, some fluffy lambs.

Fun Welsh Word of the Day!

Ysbienddrych = Binoculars.
Pronunciation: Us – bee – en – th – r (roll it) – i (like the ‘i’ in ill)- ch.

See you tomorrow!

*You should probably get used to me butchering the language this week.  I’m still a learner and a shoddy one at that. I can’t even roll my rs! I’d be a horrible Welsh person.


7 thoughts on “Wythnos Cymraeg || Welsh Week.

  1. Diolch, Catie!

    Hope you enjoy the week. ;)

    ps. Don't worry. The Welsh have had lots of practice with being polite when a foreigner tries to speak it. :-D You should have been there when I tried to say Llfair P.G (as it's often abbreviated!) once.

    So much phlegm.

  2. I've been following your blog for a couple months now (and loving it), and I thought I'd chime in because I'm so excited about this! I'm American but deeply obsessed with all things Welsh, and I've never read any of the books you listed, so I'm looking forward to hearing about them!

  3. Thank you aftran! :)

    I really hope you enjoy this feature as much as I am. Wales will always have a special place in my heart!

    If you have any Welsh literature recommendations I'd love to hear them!

  4. Awesome! Despite only going to Cardiff once, two years ago, I LOVE Wales and really want to move there, it's an awesome country and I'm looking forward to your butchering of their language this week ;)

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