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"May I have a cup of tea, please?"

Translation:Ga i baned, plîs?

July 10, 2016



Is there a time to use "plîs" and another to use "os gwelwch yn dda"?


Not really. Some might feel that "plîs", as a borrowing from English, isn't real Welsh.


Then they’re going to feel that a lot !


good question....


Why isn't this 'ga i baned o te, plis?' I just get the answer 'ga i baned, plis?' - wouldn't that be 'May I have a cup?'


I just get the answer 'ga i baned, plis?' - wouldn't that be 'May I have a cup?'

paned is the not the cup itself (the porcelain object) -- that would be a cwpan.

A paned is a "cuppa" -- that is, a cupful (quantity) of a substance. In context, that substance is essentially always tea or coffee.

paned is from cwpanaid -- cwpan : cwpanaid :: cup : cuppa


Why does this work? I thought it is "May I have a cup please?" But I had no choice for "o te" (or varation of te, as it comes after o)


If you ask for 'a cuppa'/paned in Britain, it is generally assumed that you mean tea unless you specify something else. This is explained in the course notes.

To see how to get to the course notes, go to https://forum.duolingo.com/topic/924/hot and look for 'Course tips and notes'. The duome link there is useful for seeing all the notes in one place.


To put this in context, my Welsh mother used to have to take her own coffee to the Welsh chapel in Birmingham because they only had tea! Coffee was not an option! (And this seemed to be the case at a lot of the Gymanfa Ganu (Welsh hymn singing festivals) we went to, too ...


so baned and paned are more accurately translated as "cuppa" (N English), rather than "cup" or "cup of" then? That would make sense.


I wrote ga i baned plis and it told me I had a typo! it keeps on doing that, and also marking me wrong sometimes when I use plis instead of os gwelch chi'n dda - why?


Maybe because it should be "plîs", with the "to bach" over the "i".


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