I am having a bit of a mental blank over different in pronunciation of the short form past and short term future 3rd person forms of mynd, gwneud, and dod in particular. That is to say:
Aeth o vs eith o
Naeth o vs neith o
I just cannot seem to get it through my head how to pronounce/distinguish the two dipthongs in the middle.
As far as I can see, there are three possibilities:
[ay] as in bay, day etc
The two examples I can think of from the new course are:
They both came … Daeth y ddau … which Aran to my ear pronounces d[eye]th
He didn’t say … Naeth o’m dweud … which I hear as n[aah]th
I can’t think of any examples of the short form 3 person future in the New Course. As Dee pointed out to me, there are plenty of examples in the Old Course 3, but they tend to be all past tenses together or all future together, so you don’t hear them side by side, which is how my confusion started.
I am coming round to thinking that the answer must be that ‘ae’ in the short form past can be pronounced either [eye] OR [aah] depending on what? Taste? Dialect? A rule I haven’t yet worked out? And therefore that the ‘ei’ is the short form future is pronounced [ay] to rhyme with day.
Sorry to but in. In my lmited knowledge, i think we are saying nath in the south. Also my friend from Corwen via Cricieth now in Swansea says nath. Thats not gonna help is it? Perhaps shes talking about my Welsh,
Edit: so that was the past form. See Siarons post below for a really helpful guide for the future use.