Half of our visitors come from outside Wales, usually visiting as part of their Welsh holiday.
Now if this applies to you, you might find the following words useful.
The Botanic Garden is located deep within Carmarthenshire, a county with one of the highest proportions of Welsh speakers. So there is high chance that you’ll hear this wonderful ancient language being spoken by our staff, volunteers or visitors. Welsh speakers appreciate it when non-Welsh visitors make an effort to learn a few words of Welsh.
So here’s your chance to bring a smile to the faces of your hosts.
Da – Good
Na – No
Croeso – Welcome
Bore da – Good Morning
Prynhawn da – Good Afternoon
Nos da – Good Night
Diolch – Thanks
Hwyl – Goodbye
Hapus – Happy
Cwrw – Beer
Simple eh? Well, now you need to pronounce the words properly. Here are some simple rules on how to pronounce Welsh letters. C - pronounced as a K, as in English ‘kick’ CH - pronounced as in the Scottish ‘loch’ and the composer Bach. DD - pronounced TH, as in English ‘breathe’ G - pronounced as a hard G, as in English ‘get’ LL - roughly pronounced THL F - pronounced as a V, as in English ‘of’ FF - pronounced as an F, as in English ‘off’ W - pronounced as an OO, as in English ‘swoon’ Y - pronounced as a U – as in English ‘fun’ BUT when it is in the last syllable of a word it is pronounced as an i – as in English ‘is’.
Okay, now you’ve got to grips with a few words and pronunciation, there’s one phrase you can learn that is well suited to the Botanic Garden. Mae’r blodau yn brydferth…… which means…..the flowers are lovely.
Want to know more? Then visit the BBC's Learn Welsh or go to the Welsh Language Commission. We are working hard, within our limited resources, to ensure that as many of our public interactions as possible are bi-lingual in nature and cater particularly for the varying needs of our visiting audience. We are currently developing a Welsh language version of this site – click on the Cymraeg icon at the bottom of this page.