"Sioned dw i."

Translation:I am Sioned.

January 26, 2016

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Sioned is actually the Welsh form of the name, "Janet"!


Why do you say "Dw i wedi blino" but not "Sioned dw i"

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There are two basic ways of constructing a sentence in Welsh.

The first is the normal Verb-Subject-Object

eg 'Ces i siocled' = I had chocolate (lit:- Had I chocolate)

In the present tense we use 'Bod' the verb 'to be'

eg' Dw i'n hapus = I am happy (lit 'Am I happy') or your example 'Dw i wedi blino' = I am tired (lit 'Am I tired)

The second way of forming a sentence is the emphatic one where we change the word order.

We could use it in your example:- 'WEDI BLINO dw i' = 'I am TIRED' (Lit:- TIRED I am)

However that useage is a bit archaic, these days it's only really used to express names and jobs.

Sioned dw i = I am Sioned :- this is very common in Welsh as a way of introducing oneself

Meddyg dw i = I am a doctor :- this is the standard way of talking about a job


Sure "Welcome" And "Good Morning" Would Be Odd Names, But I Could Imagine Somebody Having One, There Are People Named Goodnight.


How would you say "I am welcome," then?


So when should it be "sioned dw i" and when should it be "Sioned ydw i"?


It doesn't matter - "dw" and "ydw" are just variants of the same word.


Correct; for example, one could say "Tiwtor cymraeg ydw i" (Pardon my spelling on "tiwtor", it may be wrong!), "I'm a Welsh teacher/tutor" OR "Tiwtor cymraeg dw'i" (Same meaning)


When to pronounce "s" "sh" in Welsh ?


I didn't know the answer before I tried to answer your question, but: as a general rule, it's a "sh" when you have "si" followed by a vowel sound, in words such as "siwgr", "esiampl" or "siawns" and it's an "s" when there is no "i" or when that's followed by a consonant, in words such as "sicr", "sidan" and "sinamon". In a casual look through, I couldn't find any that weren't loan words from English, though (even "sicr" is from Middle English "siker"), which is interesting.

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