Useful phrases in Gwentian Welsh

A collection of useful phrases in Gwentian Welsh (Gwenhwyseg), a dialect of Welsh spoken in Gwent and Glamorgan in the south east of Wales. Phrases supplied by Evan Davies, who is a native speaker of this dialect.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, pl = plural (said to more than 1 person).

Phrase Gwenhwyseg (Gwentian Welsh)
Welcome Greso
Hello (General greeting) Shwma
Ol reit
Hello (on phone) Hai
How are you? Shwdi?
'Ow be?
Reply to 'How are you?' Iawn jolch, a ti?
Long time no see Heb gwel ti ers sbel
What's your name? Beth oti d'enw?
My name is ... ... otw i
Where are you from? Ble wy ti dod o?
I'm from ... Wi'n o ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Bora dæ
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
P'nawn dæ
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Diwtydd dæ (early evening)
Noswith dæ
Good night Nos dæ
(Parting phrases)
Da bo
Ta ta
Ta ra
Bydd wych
Duw gennyt
Good luck! Antur dæ!
'Ap dæ!
Mowr dæ!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Iechyd dæ!
Have a nice day Cal dwrnod neis
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Joia dy mwyd
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Shwrne dda iti nowr
Yes Ia
No Na
Maybe Walla
I don't know Sai'n wpod
Do you understand? Wy ti deall?
I understand Wi'n ddeall
I don't understand Sai'n ddeall
Please speak more slowly Wilïa mwy ara plis
Please say that again Gweud 'wnna 'to plis
Please write it down Sgyrfenna 'wn lowr plis
Do you speak English? Wy ti wilïa Sysnag?
Do you speak Gwentian Welsh? Wy ti wilïa Cymræg?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Ia, ticyn bæch
Do you speak a language
other than
Gwentian Welsh?
Wy ti wilïa iaith 'eblaw am Cymræg?
Speak to me in Gwentian Welsh Wilïa imi yn Gymræg
How do you say ... in Gwentian Welsh? Shwt wy ti gweud ... yn Gymræg?
Shwd wy ti gweud ... yn Gymræg?
Excuse me Esgusodwch fi
How much is this? Faint o tocins oti 'wn
Sorry Sori
Please Plis
Thank you Jolch
Jolch yn fowr
Jolch yn fowr iown
Reply to thank you Dim probs
Paid â becso
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Ble ma'r ty bæch?
This gentleman will pay for everything Bydd dyn 'wn talu am popath
This lady will pay for everything Bydd dynes 'on talu am popath
Would you like to dance with me? Tisha dawnsio 'da fi
Do you come here often? Wy ti dod 'ma yn aml?
I miss you Wi'n golli ti
I love you Wi'n garu ti
Get well soon Gwella buan
Go away! Cer 'wnt!
Leave me alone! Gad i fod myn!
Help! Elp!
Fire! Tæn!
Stop! Stopa!
Call the police! Calwa'r 'eddlu!
Christmas greetings Dolig llawen
New Year greetings Blwyddyn newydd da
Easter greetings Pashc 'apus
Birthday greetings Pen-blwydd 'apus
Congratulations! Llongyfarchiada!
One language is never enough Dyw un iaith byth yn ddicon
My hovercraft is full of eels Ma fy hofrenfa llawn llysywod

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