"Mae hi'n well heddiw."

Translation:It is better today.

January 30, 2017



How do you know this isn't "she is better today"?

January 30, 2017


Good question. I'd say because of the context, but I would appreciate someone to clarify.

February 13, 2017


It could be either. There are only two third-person singular pronouns in Welsh:

hi = "she" or "it (feminine)"

(f)e/(f)o = "he" or "it (masculine)"

Context usually clears it up.

March 6, 2017


I got the translation "It has better today" for this sentence. (As correction after i typed it wrong) - It sounds kind of strange. Is it used somewhere this way? (Would have expected: " It is better today".)

August 29, 2017


That is an error in the central Duo system - the course team has no control over it. It seems to generalise incorrectly from "it's been = it has been" to "it's' = 'it has".

I have just changed the preferred answer here from "It's better..." to "It is better..." - that might nudge Duo in the right direction.

August 29, 2017


Thank you. That should help learners in future.

November 5, 2018


Is well in this sentence related to english well?

March 2, 2017


I think it's a coincidence. Welsh well is a mutation of gwell, and the letters are pronounced quite differently than those in English---especially the ll but also the e which comes out long in the pronunciation at https://forvo.com/word/cy/gwell/

I took a look in the Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, where the entry for gwell (which I can't seem to link to directly) does not have the magic "bnth. S." for "benthyg Saesneg" (borrowed from English). You can compare gwell's entry with those for siop, bacwn, ... http://welsh-dictionary.ac.uk/gpc/gpc.html

March 3, 2017


Actually, Welsh gwell and English well might ultimately come from the same word: Proto-Indo-European *welh₁- "wish, desire, want". Funny that with the mutation both words look exactly the same and now share a geographic location after millennia of separation.

March 6, 2017


"Wel" does exist in Welsh, and its generally used similarly to how "well" is used to start/conjoin sentences in English. At least from what Welsh I hear from music and videos etc.

September 18, 2018
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