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  5. "Dw i'n casáu mynd i'r sêl ci…

"Dw i'n casáu mynd i'r sêl cist car."

Translation:I hate going to the car boot sale.

February 10, 2016



What is a "car boot sale"? I assume people are selling things out of the trunk of their car? Like a garage sale but out of your car?


We don't have garage sales in the UK - i.e. people selling loads of things from their own home. A Car boot sale is an organised event where people pay to park their car and sell items from it (so there can be hundreds of cars at the event), then people come along and buy from them. It's like a big (sometimes very big) market, but the traders can be both professional traders or individuals.


In England, "boot" is the luggage compartment at the back of a car - what US English calls "trunk".

(And at the other end is the "bonnet" = "hood".)


In the Wales too, not just England.


Makes sense - I should have talked about "the UK". (Though admittedly I know very little about the variety of English spoken in Wales.)


casau has an accent on the a - but it is not available in the symbols given so I couldn't put it in. Is this just the case for me?


I've never bothered typing any accents on letters as it's much quicker to just type the normal keyboard characters - just remember that they are there. I think I've only come across one case where it's vital to get the accent correct.
If you really want to bother typing the accents, use the keyboard and the Unicode symbols (look them up from Character Map), or try "To bach", if the symbol you want isn't showing in the options.


I just get irritated that it tells me I have a typo when it hasn't given me the option of typing it correctly. And I can't seem to find a way of telling them this because the "problem" options are very fixed.


In the US a "cist " is a trunk. I get it that in the UK it is a "boot" but I don't think I should be marked wrong.


bear in mind that a "trunk" in the UK can be either the big, fat, vertical part of a tree, or a big chest for travellers, or the long nose on the face of an elephant :-) (Likewise, a "boot" is one of the big shoes that we wear on our feet in Winter, as well as the luggage compartment at the rear of a car). Don't you just love the differences in the English language in different parts of the world? :-)

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