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Old 21-08-07, 08:49 PM   #1
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Seeing as The Border Patrol are going to be spending a lot of time crossing into each others territories, and seeing as Luckypants is already bi-lingual, maybe he would like to give the English-speaking-only members a few pointers to make their trips to Wales more fun.

How about telling us how to say a few simple things in Welsh, such as

Hello

Goodbye

Thank You

Slow down you bloody lunatic


That kind of thing
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One word we should avoid, Araf! Isn't that 'slow'?
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Hello

Goodbye

Thank You

Slow down you bloody lunatic


That kind of thing
Hmm not always as simple as you'd think!

Hello has many forms, but here's two simple ones that basically mean 'how are you?'

Sut Dach Chi? pronounced Sit Dac key (unless you can make the gargling sound) This is the polite form of how are you, to be used when addressing someone older or whom you respect. Older Welsh women will still use this form of address to thier husbands, so you get the picture.

Sut wyt ti? pronounced Sit oowit tea. Used with someone you are friendly with, children.

A simple Hylo! in a thick Welsh accent also works.

Goobye - Hwyl! (Who-will)

Thank you - Diolch (D-ol-k) again if you can do the gargling sound at the end, better!

Slow down you fool! - Arafwch, fol gwirion! usually followed by something the u-rating forbids. pronounced R-arf-ook, fol gwi-r-ion.
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One word we should avoid, Araf! Isn't that 'slow'?
Yep is 'slow' and is usually painted on the road before a 90 degree bend! Ignore at your peril.
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Or Perygll (possible mis-spelling!) Danger? See, dual language road signs do have their uses!
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Don't remember seeing perygl on a road sign..... best keep me eyes peeled a bit more!
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Cheers Mike, I'll get my tonsils tangled round those.

Now for the important one..............how do you say 'I want a big one?' Ice cream I mean
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'I want a big one?'
Fnarrr!

Dw i eisiau un mawr. (d-wee a-shy in mow-rrr)

God it is soooooo tempting to put misleading and embarrassing stuff down for these! (But you probs Babel fish it anyway)
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