"Yn yr Haf"

Translation:In the summer

January 13, 2017

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/nolothot

An etymological note that helps me remember this - summer was "ham" in Old Welsh and samos in proto-Celtic, so has the same PIE etymological root as summer.

A mnemonic that helps - when the summer comes, "haf" (half) the year has already gone :v

March 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/shwmae

I really like your mnemonic!

Quite a few Modern Welsh words starting with h have equivalents in English and Latin starting with s:

haf ~ Eng. summer

halen ~ Eng. salt, Lat. sāl

haul ~ Eng. sun, Lat. sōl

hafal "equal" ~ Eng. same, Lat. similis

hen "old" ~ Lat. senior, senex

hwyr "late" ~ Lat. sērus (think Eng. serotine)

Hafren ~ Eng. Severn, Lat. Sabrina

March 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/manyclozel

Is there a difference in meaning between "in summer" and "in the summer"?

January 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ibisc

Not really, in English. The Welsh for both expressions is yn yr haf.

January 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/manyclozel

Thanks. So I'll report the fact that "in summer" wasn't accepted for "yn yr haf"then.

January 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ibisc

Now added. Thank you.

January 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/wenrisfolf

Yn yr haf-time, when the weather is high

You can stretch right up and touch the sky

August 16, 2017
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