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Pronunciation of vowels?

I have just looked at a Welsh for Beginners book and in the section on pronunciation it looks like the vowels e, u and y are all pronounced the same for both long and short vowels. Is this correct? If so, what is the purpose of the three separate vowels?

February 22, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ibisc

The basic pronunciation is the same, but the long vowel is just drawn out a little bit more. To hear some of the differences, go to gweiadur.com and click on the sound symbol each word in these pairs to hear the recordings:

  • dyn (long) - ffyn (short)

  • hen (long) - pen (short)

  • pin (long) - pìn (short)

  • ffôn (long) - ffon (short)

  • tân (long) - tan (short)

  • hŷn (long) - hyn (short)

etc...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/crush

I think the question is why there are three letters (e, u, and y) representing the same sounds, for example listening to those words the y and i in dyn and pin sound the same to me, though maybe they are different and i just can't hear it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DragonPolyglot

"E" is pronounced like the "e" in "egg" when short, and when it's long it's like the "ey" in "hey". I, U and Y are pronounced similar in south Wales ("eh", "ee") but in North Wales the U and Y is pronounced more like "oo". Here is a video from a pronunciation series that helps me a lot in pronouncing Welsh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb8Bps3bG84

And then the one on "y" specifically: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dqv1geIlfFI

I think that one reason this could be is to differentiate words that sound the same but are different in writing (homophones). Hope this helps you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ieuan-Jones

"E" is pronounced like the "e" in "egg" when short

Are you sure about that? That's how I've always pronounced ble, but my friends in Swansea all tell me I pronounce that wrong.

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