what’s the common ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response to the above if you are asked in a shop (or 'tisho anything at all!)
is it yndw? or nacydw? i feel like i can understand loooads of welsh, but speaking it is another matter, 'specially with a queue of welsh speakers behind me…i’m sure i’ve heard people responding ‘oes plis’, but the full sentence would be ‘wyt ti eisau bag?’ so surely it’s ‘yndw’ or ‘nacydw’…???
oh ok, i have variously said ‘yes’, ‘yndw’, and ‘nagoes’ tonight in the local spar (not all at once of course!)
aran, you were right when you advised me to speak welsh, even when welsh people realise you’re english and switch to english!! i make myself speak welsh from time to time during the day almost every day, and if things don’t go according to plan, i rehearse how to say it better next time!
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The difference between yndw (ydw) and oes is the difference in whether the person replying is thinking in old money or new. Eisiau has only been a verb for a few centuries, ie it’s a mere upstart in Welsh terms, which means that it is still treated as a noun by some people. “(Wyt) ti isio…?” would have been “Oes isie … arnat ti?” in old money, and the answer should definitely be “oes” in that case.
Southern course followers will recognise this as the pattern that I use for “do you need”, because in the south we use moyn (ymofyn) for to want, which is defintiely a verb, and never get’s the oes treatment.
Of course, as with all the affirmatives and negatives, as long as you are using an affirmative (oes, ydw, do, bydd, whatever!) when you mean yes and a negative when you mean no, there will never be any confusion, even if you use the completely wrong one, so just go with what comes to mind first, and you won;t be far wrong!