January 27, 2016

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What would be the singular "vegetable"?


Llysieuyn - it's one of those ones where the singular is longer than the plural.


Ah, ok. Diolch for your prompt response! I guess I should wait a bit until the plural skill, but good to know to start studying early. :)


Croeso. Plurals are a bit tricky in Welsh - endings can be added, taken away or swapped for another, and sometimes the vowels just change instead. By far the most common way is adding -(i)au though.

It's good if you're ahead of the game as long as you don't get carried away ;)


Thanks! Also, I just noticed that a lot of the verbs, although not all of them, end in -io, but then I learned 'cinio', which is a noun. Can it also act as a verb like "to dine"?


You're right, most verbs end in -(i)o but cinio's just a random noun thrown in to confuse you! The verbnoun "to dine" is ciniawa.

Another similar one that throws people is the noun croeso "a welcome", which looks like a verbnoun too. "To welcome" is actually croesawu.

Edit: I should also say, we don't used ciniawa much. It sounds pretty formal. Usually just say bwyta cinio "eat lunch".


Diolch yn fawr iawn!


'll' is tricky to pronounce correctly - youtube videos which are directed are better guide to correct pronunciation.


Thanks shwmae, that video's a huge help! I was wondering if that slight L sound was in my head or not.

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    You can think of the tricky "ll" /ɬ/ sound as of an unvoiced "l". This sound is rare in European languages, being present only in Welsh, Icelandic and Faroese. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voiceless_dental_and_alveolar_lateral_fricatives

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