https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

What do you like about Wales, Welsh, and the Welsh accent?

I'm half Welsh, and I often visit Wales. Wales is a beautiful country, Wales is a beautiful language, and the Welsh accent is a beautiful accent! But I'd like to know what you think. And how many Welsh users are there out there?

September 7, 2017

46 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/LibertyLindsey03

I LOVE the welsh accent! its so romantic and sing-song like, don't you think?!

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

Yup, it's a very sing song accent...really nice to listen too...the Duolingo Welsh accent is not nearly as nice as the REAL Welsh accent...

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LibertyLindsey03

i have a dream of going to Wales, and i have a bit of welsh in me as well... very little, but a bit. as much as it is worth:) lol<3 How far is Wales from where you live in the UK? Nora told be a bit about you... you sound so fun! i'd love so much to hear your accent!

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

Um, I live about two hours drive from the Welsh border...I think. I live in the middle of England, so not really fun, or really close.;)

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LibertyLindsey03

oh, okay! that is fun! lol! at least you are TWO HOURS from the welsh border instead of, like, i'm not exactly sure how many hours... but its a LOT more than 2!

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

more like 10 hours!!! More probably, right?

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MouPeMantissa

. Curry half and halfs

. Rugby

. 'I'll be there now in a minute'

. Gareth Bale

. Eisteddfod, and all its respective school-staged knockoffs

. Referring to people by their last names

. Derek the weather

. Being referred to as English, and being offended despite probably being more English than the person calling you English

. The fact that I can pronouce Llanfairpwllgwyngychgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

. Daffodil hats

. Six quid on the Severn Bridge

. The word 'minging'

And I'm only half Welsh.

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

cool! I can't pronounce that really long Welsh name!!! I have been to the really long name place though

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

Hi! Everyone is welcome to talk on here...so looking forward to talking!!!

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyMMM2015

I thought I said hi! How do you say "hello" in Welsh? Please say the Welsh word in Welsh and also how you pronounce it!

September 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Tom676857

There are a few ways of saying it, but "helo" is the most obvious. Pronounced the same way as "hello" in English!

September 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyMMM2015

Oh, I didn't know it was it was that simple!

September 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

Hi Emily! How's French going???!!!

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyMMM2015

I think it's going ok... Actualy, I just remembered that I used to go to Wales a lot when i was younger! (aberdovey)

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

I see.......I still go to Wales loads. It's beauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutiful! I think so anyway....c u at the gym!

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyMMM2015

Can't wait!

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyMMM2015

Where in Wales do you go to?

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyMMM2015

As it's monday, shall we (me and you) try to get as much XP as possible this week, and on sunday, we can see who has got the most XP for the week!

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

Loads of places in Wales! Oh, yes, that XP challenge OK then.

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/IanGordon12

I love the sound of Welsh - I have done since I started at secondary school in 1973 (in the South East of England) and met my best friend, whose family originated from an area of South Wales where Welsh is/was common among the older generation. I also love the scenery, particularly around Gwynedd and Ynys Mon.

If we possibly can, my wife and I want to move there while we are still not too old to find work and integrate, so we're trying to learn Welsh (in her line of work, it is almost compulsory to be able to at least answer the phone in Welsh even if you then hand over to someone more fluent).

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

That's amazing that you want to move to Wales... you know it's soooo beautiful. and thx for your interesting comment...Welsh is still popular in wales, especially in certain areas of south wales where it's taught in schools (like the whole education is in welsh) and welsh is compulsory in all schools I think. and obviously the older generation speak it (like my grandparents...it's their first language....)

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jennagabriela

I don't know ... Everything? I'm not Welsh and I don't have any ancestors from Wales, but I love the country and the language.

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

yes, the country is beautiful (especially areas like the Gower, the Brecon Beacons, and Snowdonia!

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LibertyLindsey03

oh my! i read a book about Snowdonia... that's the place i wish to go!!! that's so fun, lol:)

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

Snowdonia is beautiful. Snowdon (as I'm sure you know!) is the highest peak, and while it's only 1, 085 meters tall (not quite the Rockies, I know) it's still a good climb. and I've climbed it. #achievement

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LibertyLindsey03

Wow, Elizabeth! that is amazing! the rockies are the best climb...:) i wish i could climb Snowdon... and visit wales... i want to travel the world, really! have you ever been to the States before?

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

Nope! Never! I'd like to though. ;))) one day maybe. That would be sooooo cool. Then I'd finally get to hear LOTS of American accents, rather than the odd one here and there.

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LibertyLindsey03

yea girl! its so funny, you want to come here, and i want to go there lol! if you ever do come visit, go first to NY to visit Nora, then you can come to Kentucky, lol! i know about every nook and cranny there is in my state! i live 20 minutes from Mammoth Cave, which is a very big tourist town. it has a lot of natural caves, hence the name lol!

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

Yeah, that would be coooool! And you should come to WALES and England some time...

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LibertyLindsey03

Oh my! dont tempt me!

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

You've never been to the UK, have you? It's tiiiiiiiiiiny in comparison to America....don't know how many times Wales would fit into America, but I suppose Americans would find it quite quaint!!!

September 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LibertyLindsey03

no, Elizabeth. i have not been to the UK... but if you can tell, i would absolutely LLOOOOVEEEE to visit there! especially london. my family's last name generated from the scottish name "Lindon..." i would love to go to london some day. just anywhere in the UK honestly! i love going to different countries and learning their customs, and seeing how different they are. it is so enticing to me! i went to Haiti in January of this year... it was a fantastic experience! My family is a band... we travel around the US and Canada sharing our music and singing... and its amazing the places we have been to. We bought a new bus in Aug. of last year, and it was from England. apparently the owners put it on a ferry, and the Ferry brought it to the US. so that's really interesting!

September 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

London is an awesome city! The Houses of Parliament, The Big Ben, loads of free museums, The London Eye - there's just so much to see! Cool! About your band I mean. So how do you do school if you travel all the time, huh? I like visiting other countries too, but I've only been abroad once...to Holland. I also visited France, Belgium, and Germany on the same trip! Can you believe it, my country is TINY compared to yours, and I've never been to Scotland! Or even Ireland!

September 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Affan2018

I'm also a quarter welsh and people are so friendly there. I live in Newport most of the time I'm there and the scenery on the way is amazing. The community is also very good. However , i think the language is really difficult to learn.

September 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/sparkle903

Oh, ok! Thanks for the info!

September 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Affan2018

You're welcome. Do you go to Wales a lot?

September 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/sparkle903

what do you mean by do wales? I've never been there, really studied it, and I'm not currently learning the language. Hope I answered your question! :)

September 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

I love your new profile picture....arty!!!!

September 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhobat78

Shwmae.

I am Welsh and Awstralian me.

I very much like Caerphilly. It is the place of family. The view of the castle outside the front window is almost as wonderful as the view over the town from the mountain.

I have so many memories of the great uncles. Coal miners you know. They used to take me on long walks to see piles of rubble. And on those walks tell me stories that to this day remind me of who I am and the family that preceeded me.

It is a bit further for me to travel though, from the New South Wales to the Old South Wales.

September 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

Well, Welsh is certainly a beautiful place..... my granddad was a coal miner so I have heard lots about that...and I am half Welsh myself...do you live in Australia?

September 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhobat78

Ie, Dw i byw ym Awstralia. Yes, and there is a story for that. My grandfather was in a food line in Cardiff after the war and it turned out that whilst he was expecting bread he had joined the line to emigrate. There was some surprise in the family, but not having heard of Australia they decided it couldn’t be any further than France and decided to go anyway. We have been moving between the two ever since.

September 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

that's very interesting...thank you

September 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/sparkle903

I've never heard Welsh or ever Been there. What does it look like?

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

You've never heard of Wales? Or just never heard of Welsh? Wales is one of the countries that makes up the UK, and it's beautiful. Anyway, Welsh, as well as English, is spoken in Wales. It's beautiful and soft sounding and sing song, and it sounds really pretty...it uses the same alphabet as English, with just a few added letters.

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/sparkle903

Ok! Cool! Thanks!

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Affan2018

Wales is a really nice place. You should definitely go, even if just for the weekend. There's loads of places to go and I definitely love it.

September 21, 2017
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