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People mangling Welsh…

People mangling Welsh…

Once in a while, when I feel like I know what I’m doing (or it’s a special day like today – St. Davids Day, patron saint of Wales etc.), I’ll occasionally dare to utter a sentence or two in Welsh instead of English when speaking to an appropriate person who would understand what I’m saying.

And then I’ll get th impression that I sound a tad pretentious, presumptious and silly. After all, if someone dropped a Chinese phrase into a mostly-English conversation, my head would jerk back and I’d be mildly annoyed or piqued.

Is it just me, or do English speakers who drop in a line of Welsh sound silly/stupid/arrogant when doing so?

Oh, and hello to the various Cymru philes out there!

5 Comments

  • At least you're having a go. That's good enough for me. South Wales English speakers (particularly in the valleys) often tend to drop Welsh words in anyway.

    Though it is worth maybe learning a sentence rather than a word if you want to make sense.

  • I drop random French and Italian phrases into everyday conversation all the time – it gets worse if I let it go and don't rein myself in. If I learn more Welsh, who even knows what will happen? ^_^ (Do you think I'm annoying the French and Italian people? 0.o)

  • After all, if someone dropped a Chinese phrase into a mostly-English conversation, my head would jerk back

    Ah. I might do that a bit. Mainly "mei mei", "dai dai"*, "goshu"** and "si fu", dong ma? I don't think the odd word is bad – just shows you've been paying attention…

    *which always makes me laugh when I see it written down because of the apparent Welshness of it.
    **spelt wrong, I know.

  • I admire people who can do that sort of random language thing. I'm getting better at it con el espanol, but it's certainly not easy for me to stop thinking in English long enough to recall a word or phrase in Spanish, except "Hello" and "How are you?"

  • I find it's important to throw in bits of Cantonese if you want the right food to arrive at your table!

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