" bach"

Translation:A toilet

November 2, 2016

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/MargaretWe2

I think this is the issue between North American and British English. North Americans very rarely use the word "toilet" unless they're referring to the actual porceline fixture. I'd go as far as to say it's generally considered uncouth to say that you are "going to the toilet" (unless you were specifically discussing bodiky functions). It's much more common to say that you are "going to the bathroom, even if you have no intention of bathing. So, it might be a good idea to allow" bathroom for tŷ bach.

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PushythePirate1

I agree

August 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/pam901319

so obviously this is actually small house, and ty bach is an idiom for toilet - in which case should 'bathroom' etc be accepted too?

November 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/EllisVaughan

I wouldn't say so, at least it's not a great translation. It's better to think "Toiled/Tŷ bach" as "Toilet" and "Ystafell ymolchi" as "Bathroom".

November 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/MattJones596690

yes, this is one of the instances where i just can't divorce my american english from the british english. i'll probably instinctively first go to 'bathroom' when seeing 'ty bach' forever.

January 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AnUnicorn

So, if my house is small and I say "dw i'n preswyliaf yn tŷ bach", will I be understood in context, or will I give the impression that I reside in a toilet?

January 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EllisVaughan

Well you'd probably get more of a strange look for saying "Preswyliaf". We actually use "byw". So "Dw i'n byw mewn tŷ bach" would be the correct sentence. Since the context is clear nobody would mistunderstand you.

January 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Yottskry

You say that, but my mother was laughed at when she said exactly this when learning Welsh (in Wales) at school. I was told that "tŷ bychan" would avoid confusion.

August 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AnUnicorn

Man, I try to use the GPC and I end up sounding like a dictionary. Diolch yn fawr!

January 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EllisVaughan

Yeah I'd recommend you try other dictionaries like "Y gweiadur" or "Ap geiriaduron". GPC, is a great dictionary but it's more for first language/fluent speakers. If you can't find a word else where then it is worth looking up GPC, but just remember that it's got a lot of different varieties of words some of which are old fashioned or really formal.

January 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NeilSherif

I take it this would be used to refer to the room that the toilet is in, not for the toilet itself.

May 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/HBee10

Try adding lle chwech! Ha ha came across that in a book and I was totally confused til I looked it up! Anyone tell me the origins of that phrase please? Would love to know!

July 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ibisc

This is a dialect expression used in parts of Wales. In this context, chwech means 'sweet(-smelling)'!

July 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/HBee10

that is amazing ha ha thank you!

July 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SimonMelhu1

May I suggest "loo" as another translation? :)

August 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LenaStorli

How do you say "a small house" if you refer to just a small house?

July 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/OwainLlyfr

I think you say "tŷ bychan" or something similar.

August 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Doshia2

So, would ty bach refer more to a public restroom than to the bathroom in my house?

November 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/EllisVaughan

"Tŷ bach" refers to any toilet. It's actually a throw back to when toilets were sheds in the back garden.

January 3, 2017
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