- How do you pronounce ‘Dolgellau’?
Dol gech lie…will get you near enough I reckon
tool eh….the rack pronunciation, not the initial poster 😆
Tongue in roof of mouth and breath out whilst speaking will work just practice needed (and a clear area in front of you!)
re place names never forget some English mates visiting me …couldn’t get over the fact that my village name had no vowels in it!Posted 9 years agomudsharkMember
My Welsh Gran says Doll Geth Lee.
Many people pronounce other Welsh places in an English manner, e.g. Llandudno, and think that’s fine but Dolgellau sounds completely different so Doll Geh Loo must be wrong but then that means that Lan Dud no is wrong too then? What say you?Posted 9 years agoprojectMember
Me and a mate stopped in a small pub , in mid wales a few years ago, wnt in and the pub looked as if it was out of the 50,s, so went to the bar and ordered 2 pints, handed over a tenner, and the drinks where slopped acreoss the counter, the fiver change was dropped in the spill, had our drinks, and then some more, gang of welshies walked in, and sat ruight next to us, the rest of the pub was empty, so we went outside , and do you know what, theyd painted my van green, green for gods sake, so me and dave getting angry went back in , me ex miner, dave ex marine, and said in a comanding voice whos, painted my car green, Silence, then a movement at the back of the bar, a man mountain stood up, 7.00 tall and arm like trees, a head like a rock and feet like boats, he proclaimed i painted you car green, any problems, me and dave looked at each other looked round the bar as everyone started to rise up, and i said in what hopefully sounded like an accepting voice,
DRYING LOVELY BOYO, NO DRIPS AND A LOVELY COLOUR.Posted 9 years ago
couldn’t get over the fact that my village name had no vowels in it!
They have bloody vowels in them, otherwise no-one would be able to pronounce them. Just because you can’t recognise the vowels doens’t mean they’re not there – just means that you’re ignorant.
That boils my piss too.
And it’s not DOL GETH LEE ffs! And LAN DUD NOH is wrong too. Bear in mind that English speaking Welsh people can sometimes get the names wrong too.Posted 9 years agocoffeekingMember
Crikey no wonder no bothers learning the language when you all get so angry
Quite agree! When we visited Bovec in Slovenia we were trying to find out, in the local pub, how it was pronounced. One group of locals said “Bovek” and the others said “Bovets”, and a further one said “it can be either, depending on context”?? Finally, after none agreed, they all agreed it didnt matter so long as we were enjoying ourselves lol. Thats the spirit, no P boiling going on, and a welcoming attitude.
Damned pot noodle miners!Posted 9 years agoorena45Subscriber
PeterPoddy – Member
Talking of pronouncing stuff, what about “Thule”, bike rack people?
When I phoned up the customer service phone line recently, the lovely sounding lady on the answer machine pronounced it “Too-lay”…made me feel a bit of tool for calling it “Thewl” 😕Posted 9 years ago
Thats the spirit, no P boiling going on, and a welcoming attitude.
It’s not the getting it wrong that I object to. It’s the insinuation that the place names are somehow stupid because THEY haven’t bothered to make the tiniest bit of effort (apart from the OP, apparently 🙂 ). I know there are plenty of places with Anglicised names around the world, like Paris for instance (we don’t say Paree) but that’s pretty much the exception. Most people will talk about Marsailles as Mar-say not Mar-sales and we don’t call Agincourt a jin caught. So English people CAN do it, they just don’t feel it’s worth bothering with in Wales.Posted 9 years agotraildogMember
I don’t really think it’s because the English cannot be bothered, it’s more like getting the information to learn it is like getting information out of some sort of secret pack. I was born and lived in Wales for the first 5 years of my life, so many of the place names are ingrained into me, but then I have lived in England for the rest of my life so there are many more I don’t know. My friends are English and we visit Wales loads and pretty much all want to know more about the language and place names, but the locals can be so unhelpful sometimes it’s untrue. It’s a generalisation for sure, but there comes across an overall attitude that you have no business to be speaking Welsh if you’re English. To be honest molgrips, your post doesn’t do much to improve this impression.Posted 9 years agoThe Sanity AssassinSubscriber
Barf in the south
BAAAth up in the north
Eh? Can you define “south” and “north” because, as I read that, south = south east, and north equals everywhere up to about Oxford.
And is the world flat?
For a Yorkshireman, it doesn’t get any easier to pronounce than Bath because it sounds exactly like it’s written. Why the hell it gets called Barth or Borth is beyond me.
So then, how are you supposed to pronounce Slough (like plough?) and Leominster? (Linster?)Posted 9 years ago
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