Croeso i Gymru! Welcome to Wales!
The first Welsh words most people see on entering Wales are Croeso i Gymru! Welcome to Wales! The sign isn’t a tourist gimmick or a nod to a historic language, Welsh is a living language spoken by nearly 20% of the population and its popularity is on the rise. The ‘Cool Cymru’ generation has bloomed.
Visitors to Llanbedrog and Abersoch will be used to hearing the Welsh language being spoken in and around the towns and villages of the Lleyn Peninsula as 65% of people in the county of Gwynedd speak Welsh. Bilingualism is a natural part of life in Gwynedd, the Welsh language and its preservation is important, not only to locals and visitors alike. Knowing just a few words can enrich understanding of, and engagement with, the Welsh culture that embodies this proud country.
So, whilst you are staying or visiting the local area why not try out a few words.
Bore da! – Good morning!
Sut dach chi? – How are you?
Da iawn – Very good.
Diolch yn fawr – Thank you.
Iechyd da! – Cheers!
Nos da! – Good Night!
If you want to learn a little more then Welsh language classes are more accessible and affordable than ever. Apps such as Duolingo and SaySomethinginWelsh provide a great introduction to the language and numerous courses are available, see gov.wales and learnwelsh.cymru for more details.
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in Welsh Culture is to visit the stunning Nant Gwrtheyrn, the Welsh Language and Heritage Centre, which lies on the North Coast of the Lleyn Peninsula. Lying on the site of a traditional quarrying village the centre offers accommodation, a licenced café and restaurant, shops, language courses and you can even get married here. We love the Sunday Lunch and the Welsh Rarebit made with locally brewed beer from Cwrw Llyn in nearby Nefyn.
So, we not only look forward to seeing you soon but also hearing you try a little bit of Welsh!