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Questions about Welsh course

First, I wonder if the typeface you use on the IOS app can be adjusted so that lowercase "L" doesn't look like an "i." For the past 4 days I thought that "Thursday" was spelled "LAU" instead of "IAU." So when I kept getting a message that I had a typo, I couldn't tell the difference between what I had typed and the correct spelling!

Second, I am not understanding the random capitalization of days of the week, or why sometimes you use the word "dydd" in front of the day name. For instance, why do you sometimes say "Bore dydd Sul" and sometimes say "Bore Sul"?

Thanks! Barbara

1 year ago

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Thanks for the post.

Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to change the fonts used, the point about Thursday is a very good one.

The random capitalisations are due to various contributors having different style preferences. There is no rule about lower or upper case for days of the week, all are acceptable.

The use of 'dydd' is as follows:-

The day of the week on its own has to have 'dydd' eg 'dydd mercher' = wednesday (mercher on its own is the planet or god Mercury)

The morning of a day can be with or without 'dydd' eg 'bore dydd mercher'/'bore mercher' are both acceptable for wednesday morning. The first is a bit more formal but they are used interchangeably.

The same is true for the afternoon eg 'prynhawn dydd mercher'/'prynhawn mercher' are both used.

1 year ago

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@rmcode: Thank you so much for your clarification. Very much appreciated. Diolch yn fawr!

1 year ago

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The general guide for capitalisation of days, months and seasons is the same in Welsh and in English. The guidelines are often ignored, though.

  • Names of days and months are capitalised. In Welsh the dydd, bore, prynhawn, nos and mis elements are not usually capitalised except in titles, notices, start of sentences, etc.
  • Names of seasons are not usually capitalised except as part of some set expression.

For example:

  • dydd Gwener, nos Sadwrn, bore dydd Sul - Friday, Saturday night, Sunday morning
  • mis Chwefror, mis Gorffennaf - February, July
  • gwanwyn, haf - spring, summer
  • Parti Haf - Summer Party
  • Dydd Nadolig - Christmas Day
  • Nos Galan Gaeaf - All Hallows Eve; Halloween

By the way, the potential problem with dydd Iau is mentioned in the notes for the section on 'Days'. It is worth reading the notes before you start each new section.

1 year ago

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You know, I don't see or can't find the notes section. I'm using the IOS app. Where are those found??

1 year ago

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At the moment you have to use a computer browser or the workaround mentioned by rmcode here

1 year ago
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