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"Ydw, dw i eisiau pêl."

Translation:Yes, I want a ball.

February 12, 2016



huh…pelota in Spanish! But that's an entirely different language family, which is interesting.


Romance languages like Spanish are the closest living relatives to Celtic languages like Welsh or Gaelic, so it's not surprising that they have many similar words.


Does this particular way of saying "Yes" always correspond to the english "I do?" That seems to be the pattern here, and they sound very similar.


Does this particular way of saying "Yes" always correspond to the english "I do?"

Often, it would correspond to "I am", e.g. Wyt ti'n canu? Ydw. "Are you singing? Yes [I am]." You wouldn't say "I do" there.

But that's basically it, yes -- you're replying with the appropriate verb form of bod "to be".

"Are we singing? You are (= yes). Are you playing? We are (= yes). Are you happy? I am (= yes). Am I pretty? You are (= yes). Is he jumping? He is (= yes)."

Dyn ni'n canu? Ydych. Dych chi'n chwarae? Ydyn. Wyt ti'n hapus? Ydw. Ydw i'n ddel? Wyt. Ydy e'n neidio? Ydy.

And the same for no:

"Are we singing? You are not (= no). Are you playing? We are not (= no). Are you happy? I am not (= no). Am I pretty? You are not (= no). Is he jumping? He is not (= no)."

Dyn ni'n canu? Nac ydych. Dych chi'n chwarae? Nac ydyn. Wyt ti'n hapus? Nac ydw. Ydw i'n ddel? Nac wyt. Ydy e'n neidio? Nac ydy.


Awesome! Thank you for the thorough reply.


How, if at all, would one distinguish between the definite and indefinite articles in Welsh?


The definite article is one of

  • y
  • yr
  • 'r

depending on the sounds at the end of the previous word and the beginning of the next one:

  • 'r after a vowel
  • otherwise yr if the next word begins with a vowel
  • otherwise y

There is no indefinite article.

So they're pretty easy to tell apart :)


I can only write pel, is it ok for the purpose of learning to pt p^el? I can type é or é but not the two dots or the little hat


There are several straightforward ways of typing accented characters, depending on your device and its operating system. There is an outline some common methods in the very first set of course notes - see https://www.duolingo.com/skill/cy/greet1/tips-and-notes.

It is better to find out how to type them directly rather than relying on Duo's incomplete character menu or cut-and-paste.

Accents can change both the meaning and the pronunciation of words.


Thank you! I just failed to notice Duolingo's character menu under the questions... the typing issue I can and will sort another day...


Would you say dw i eisiau un pêl? Or would it be considered redundant?

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