Hi everyone, I’m new here!
I left Merioneth (as it was) 50 years ago and have just started learning Welsh a couple of months ago. Because I grew up there I have some innate knowledge though I never .spoke the language properly.
I noticed in the Challenge that 'Dweud" was pronounced (English spelling ) 'Day’d".
Is the phonetic way I say it (with the 'W" pronounced) a Northern accent, an archaic form these days or was it always wrong?
Hi Dianne, welcome to SSiW and the forum
Both ways to pronounce are fine - there is a mix of accents/dialects more or less everywhere in Wales now, so you’ll likely hear both versions. Use whichever comes naturally to you, and if you find you’re ending up with a mixture (as I do - sometimes it comes out ‘dayd’ and sometimes ‘dwayd’!), then don’t worry, just go with the flow!
And just to add spice to the variety, you’ll also hear “Gweud” pronounced gwayd in parts of the South.
But, as I keep repeating, such geographical variation is typical of most languages - including English.
Thank you Huw. I think perhaps Welsh is not phonetic, although I was taught it was in school.
Ha ha, I see what you mean, but I suppose that it IS phonetic and consistent but only for the village that you are in (or imagine you are in, if you are learning from afar).
So, after “bending” the sound for a particular geographical mini-area, it should stay consistent for all words. Obviously, as with English, the people in the next village will think you sound strange, though.
It is (largely), but there are differing pronunciations for the phonetic spelling to accommodate!