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"Menyw yw hi."

Translation:She is a woman.

February 22, 2016

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

Menyw is a variation of previous benyw, word related to Welsh banon ‘maiden queen’, Old Breton ban-doiuis ‘goddess’, Old Irish ban-chú ‘female dog’; akin to Cornish benow ‘feminine, female’ and further related to Old Welsh ben ‘woman’, from Proto-Celtic *benā, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷḗn ("woman" [English queen, Norwegian kvinne, "woman", and kone, "wife", Greek γυναίκα (gynaíka, "woman; wife", thence gynecologist), Russian жена́ (žená, "wife"), Armenian կին (kin, "woman; wife"), Persian زن (zan, "woman; wife"), Sanskrit जनि (jáni, "woman") and ग्ना (gnā́, "wife") and Tocharian B śana, "woman, wife"]). Doublet of banw ‘female’.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PaCa826187

I've never heard menyw before so I'm assuming it's Southern? Aslo, I'm aware of yw but I feel like that's a Southern construction, am I right?


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

Both are widely used.


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

The only Welsh word for woman I'd encountered before was gwraig so now I'm thoroughly confused.


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

Any Welsh dictionary will usually show at least three words for 'woman'.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IreneSteve1

I thought "Dyw hi yw menyw" was She is a woman!


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

Dyw and dydy are for negative sentences. Identifying someone as a woman requires the emphatic form: Menyw ydy hi, or Menyw yw hi.

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