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 Welsh - Uncyclopedia
The old reputation of Welsh folk as being dangerous to approach is unfounded, and was started by an English type who mistook a hearty Welsh greeting as a declaration of war, not understanding that in Wales, it is customary to greet someone with a hearty left hook.
When two Welsh speakers begin to converse, it is said that Cthulhu not only rises from the sunken city of R'lyeh but he also screams and groans in agony before descending back down, uttering curses upon all who speak this horrible travesty of a non-language.
Welsh belongs to the Organmorganic or PU-Keltic branch of the Celtic arm of the Provisional Wing of the Red Indian family, and is distinguished from Gargoylic languages such as Irish by scraping a fingernail across the speaker's face and examining it for coal dust.
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/The_Welsh   (1072 words)

The Welsh language is one of the oldest surviving European languages and had remained comparatively unchanged until fairly recently when a simplified version was developed, mainly aimed at learners.
Welsh, unlike English is a phonetic language - none of this nonsense of having half-a-dozen ways of pronouncing the same group of letters.
There are 28 letters in the Welsh alphabet as opposed to the 26 in the English one and some may look rather surprising.
www.parddu.net /iaith.html   (369 words)

 Edge Translation
The Welsh alphabet is a modified and extended version of the Latin alphabet which is used in Welsh language.
The Welsh alphabet consists of twenty eight lower and uppercase letters, seven of which are Vowels.
Welsh is an official language of the UK Welsh is a member of the Brythonic branch of Celtic languages
www.edgetranslation.net /welsh1.htm   (223 words)

 Welsh language, alphabet and pronunciation
Welsh is a Celtic language spoken as a community language in Wales (Cymru) by about 659,000 people, and in the Welsh colony (Y Wladfa) in Patagonia, Argentina (yr Ariannin) by several hundred people.
Welsh is fairly closely related to Cornish and Breton, and more distantly related to Irish Gaelic, Manx Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic.
The earliest known examples of Welsh literature are the poems of Taliesin, which feature Urien of Rheged, a 6th century king in what is now southern Scotland, and Aneirin's Y Gododdin, a description of a battle between Celts and Northumbrians which occurred in about 600 AD.
www.omniglot.com /writing/welsh.htm   (718 words)

 Welsh language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Welsh (Cymraeg or y Gymraeg, pronounced [kəmˈrɑːɨɡ], [ə ɡəmˈrɑːɨɡ]), is a member of the Brythonic branch of Celtic spoken natively in Wales (Cymru), in England by some along the Welsh border, and in the Chubut Valley, a Welsh immigrant colony in Chubut, Argentina.
This is an increase from 20.5% in the 2001 census, and from 18.5% in 1991.
Literary Welsh is closer to the form of Welsh used in the 1588 translation of the Bible and is found in official documents and other formal registers, including much literature.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Welsh_language   (4497 words)

 GO BRITANNIA! Wales: The Welsh Language
The Welsh themselves are descendants of the Galatians, to whom Paul wrote his famous letter.
Welsh is still used by about half a million people within Wales and possibly another few hundred thousand in England and other areas overseas.
The Welsh word for their country is Cymru (Kumree), the land of the Comrades; the people are known as Cymry (Kumree) and the language as Cymraeg (Kumrige).
www.britannia.com /celtic/wales/language.html   (983 words)

 BBC NEWS | Wales | Welsh is the new word in Scrabble
But while those letters are missing from the Welsh alphabet, double F and L feature prominently in the latest version of the popular board word game.
Welsh words often mutate, depending on the context in which they are used.
One quirk of the game is that even though J is not formally in the Welsh alphabet, it is in Scrabble, because it is often used in words such as garej (garage) and jambori (jamboree).
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/wales/4308262.stm   (627 words)

 Learn Welsh Language - Free Conversational Welsh Lessons Online - Common Welsh Words and Phrases   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The key is to immerse yourself in the language and use it as often as possible in order to build up your skills of speaking it and listening to it, understanding and comprehending it...
The Phrasebase website is the ultimate environment allowing you to read an Welsh Alphabet based phonetic spelling of common and useful everyday phrases in effort to memorize it and it's meaning.
Welsh Language Exchange Pen-Pals - Community of people from around the world interested in teaching you their language and sharing their culture with you.
www.phrasebase.com /learn/welsh.php   (1866 words)

 Language - Mezzofanti.org
However, the Welsh language was sustained through this period due to its prominent place in literature and the church.
Welsh is considered to be Insular Celtic because it is spoken on mainland Britain.
Welsh is a Celtic language, and is thus linguistically similar to Irish and Scottish Gaelic.
www.mezzofanti.org /welsh.html   (2223 words)

Welsh is a phonetic language, which means that every letter is always pronounced the same way.
The Welsh alphabet has 28 letters as opposed to 26 in the English language.
The letters J, K, Q, V, X, and Z are omitted from the Welsh, although J has be been used in recent times owing to the absorption of some English words e.g garej for garage and of course in that most Welsh of surnames, Jones.
www.geocities.com /cdwelshsociety/WLAlphabet.html   (398 words)

 The Welsh Language - EBMAWS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
It is estimated that a quarter of the population of Wales speak Welsh as naturally as they do English - and there are a few thousand people who speak Welsh only.
The Welsh alphabet omits the consonants j, k, q, v, x, and z.
Welsh place names, often mystifying at first, become easier to understand when it is realised that they are often made up by joining together a number of separate word elements.
www.mission.net /england/bristol/welsh.html   (266 words)

 Welsh Love Spoons by Llwyau Sgwd -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Two million Welsh claim to practice Christianity with Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Sikhism being other world religions also practiced in Wales.
The official languages of Wales are Welsh and English.
Welsh Love Spoons: A traditional craft from the past - An ideal gift for the present.
www.waterfall-lovespoons.com /Public/products.asp?SectionId=2   (204 words)

 Welsh translation by Welsh translator - Immigration service
Our professional native Welsh translators translate your birth certificates, marriage certificates, diplomas, high school and university transcripts and academic records, divorce decrees, driver’s licenses, legal contracts, real estate papers, medical records, passports, visas, police records, adoption papers, letters of recommendation, and other immigration documents.
Welsh: One of the languages spoken primarily in English-speaking countries, also known as Cymraeg.
Welsh Dialects: Welsh is not a dialect of English.
www.online-languagetranslators.com /welsh.htm   (662 words)

 Welsh alphabet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The modern Welsh alphabet (Yr Wyddor) contains 28 letters, seven of which are vowels.
The letter J is slowly becoming accepted in Welsh orthography, although many purists write si instead, as in Siapan for Japan.
The diacritics of Welsh comprise the circumflex (^, for long vowels in some words), acute ( ´, to show unusual stress), grave ( `, to show an unusual short vowel) or diaeresis ( ¨, to show a vowel is separate, not part of a diphthong).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Welsh_alphabet   (344 words)

 Speak some Welsh
The Welsh alphabet is different from the English one in several ways, which means un-learning and re-learning some letter sounds.
On the other hand, the Welsh way of spelling is remarkably consistent: you will not find 'silent letters', (knife, knee, gnash) or letters sounding completely different in combination, (through, though), or the same vowel with different sounds in different words (navy, navvy).
So for these two sounds, Welsh has two letter-combinations - 'th' is reserved for the soft form like think, and the 'new' letter 'dd' is used for the sound at the beginning of words such as 'that' and 'though'.
www.plas-coch.co.uk /learnwelsh.htm   (1039 words)

 Typing Welsh Characters and Accents
Typing Welsh characters and accents can present a small problem to the Windows PC user, but this is easily overcome.
Most Welsh alphabet characters are 'standard', except that all the vowels can take a circumflex, or to bach.
The two Welsh characters that cause a little extra bother are the Welsh letter w and the Welsh letter y when they have a circumflex over the top of them.
www.200words-a-day.com /typing-welsh-characters.html   (935 words)

 Language Reference Guide For Welsh
Accents: These are used in Welsh to indicate a change in the position of the stress - normally on the penultimate syllable - and in the length of a vowel.
But Welsh uses the singular of the noun, as the numeral/ordinal is considered to be an adjective, e.e.
Welsh, the language of Wales, is spoken by about 600,000 people, or less than 25 percent of the Welsh population.
www.translationdirectory.com /article958.htm   (1390 words)

 Learn to speak Welsh the Unforgettable Languages way
Welsh Level 1 teaches approximately 400 hundred words, grammar and sentence structure in just 10 - 12 hours.
Level 1 includes 10 Sections with interactive quizzes throughout each section to help your memory lock in the words.
You will be able to communicate effectively using and understanding Welsh sentences in many useful situations.
www.unforgettablelanguages.com /maincdwelsh.htm   (122 words)

 Chocolate and Vodka :: Main Page
The Welsh alphabet, for example, has no K, Q, V, X, Z, and it is only recently that J has become part of the alphabet, used only in loan words from English.
Welsh has a number of digraphs - two letters which correspond to one sound - which are in some cases very different to English pronunciation: Ch, Dd, Ff, Ng, Ll, Ph, Rh and Th.
When I was putting together Clwb Malu Cachu, my website for Welsh learners, one of the first things I did was write some short stories and get native Welsh speakers to narrate them for me. Short and sweet, they're not too demanding nor intimidating - perfect for learners who want to improve their pronunciation.
chocnvodka.blogware.com /blog/_archives/2005/3/offset=15   (4860 words)

 Welsh for Readers of Testimonies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
As a single syllable word, y is like 'uh', on the last syllable of a multisyllabic word it's an 'ee', and anywhere else it's like the unstressed, indeterminate noise of the final e in 'garden' or 'letter'.
Then presented him to the Welsh as the Prince of Wales he had promised them, who was born on Welsh soil and spoke no English.
It is a strict set of rules concerning alliteration and rhymes internal to a single line of poetry, where the second half of the line will answer the first, there are 4 recognised types.
www.hmssurprise.org /Resources/Welsh.html   (957 words)

 Welsh Language and Literature
Be sure to visit the Digital Mirror, which showcases some of the library's holdings, as well as special exhibits like this one on the Archietecture of Wales and this exhibit on the Treasures of the Library.
Pay particular attention to their overview of Welsh and Welsh speakers, and the section on Welsh for adult learners.
The Welsh learning material includes essays about Welsh and learning Welsh, an essay on the Welsh alphabet, a bibliography of material for learners, simple stories in Welsh, reviews of Welsh textbooks for learners, humor, and some JPEG images of Wales.
www.digitalmedievalist.com /urls/welsh.html   (618 words)

 Appendix D. Using Welsh-English Dictionaries
This means, for example, that words beginning with "CH" are not alphabetized between any words that might begin with "CG" and words beginning with "CI"; they are alphabetized as a separate letter after all the "C"'s are done.
Spoken Welsh (and written transcription of spoken Welsh) sometimes drops the first syllable of words and otherwise alters words in a way that makes things difficult for learners.
The digraph "ng" is alphabetized after "g", for example; likewise with "ch" after "c" and so on, as mentioned in Section D.1.
www.cs.cf.ac.uk /fun/welsh/AppendixD.html   (1167 words)

 Yr Wyddor Gymraeg/The Welsh Alphabet
In order to help you pronounce Welsh words correctly, here is a guide to the Welsh alphabet.
Note that there are a couple cases where a Welsh "letter" is actually made up of two characters (e.g., "ch", "dd", etc).
Two consonants, 'n' and 'r', are sometimes doubled in written Welsh, e.g., "tynnu," "torri." Note that 'dd,' 'ff' and 'll' are not doubled, but are consonants in their own right.
www.madog.org /dysgwyr/gramadeg/gramadeg1.html   (516 words)

 GWYBODIADUR: Welsh Dictionaries (II)
Whether you are a Welsh learner or a Welsh speaker who needs to brush up on vocabulary, this is an attractive and clever little dictionary especially for you, compiled by Carol Williams for the University of Wales Press.
The words are arranged in alphabetical order with the Welsh alphabet appearing on the edge of the page in the Welsh/English section and the English alphabet acting as a similar reminder in the English version.
This is more or less the Welsh equivalent of the 20-volume OED (Oxford English Dictionary): a huge, scholarly endeavour to map the language in its historical entirety.
members.tripod.com /gwybodiadur/dicts2.htm   (3499 words)

 V Wales - Free Welsh Language Course   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
It is useful to remember that these additional letters, although consisting of two letters are treated as a single letter.
If you were to look in a Welsh dictionary for the word rhydd (free) it would be listed with all the other words beginning with rh in a section of its own, between all the words beginning with r and all the words beginning with s - not between words beginning with re and ri.
The Welsh language is phonetic so, although the stress may be different, each letter is pronounced and sounds the same every time.
www.red4.co.uk /welsh/lessons/1/lesson1.htm   (233 words)

 The language of Wales - read the signposts, ask the way
Welsh is an ancient Celtic gaelic language, of the same family as Cornish and Breton gaelic.
To illustrate the differences, my mother who spoke Welsh before she learnt English, could understand the Breton tongue, but was lost with the Irish gaelic!
Today around 20% of all people in Wales speak Welsh fluently, so the language is very much a living language.
www.wales-calling.com /language.htm   (230 words)

 How To Find Words In A Welsh Dictionary
Certain letters in the English alphabet (like 'k,' 'q' and 'x') don't occur in Welsh, and these clearly are no problem to the dictionary user.
Mutations are very common in Welsh, and despite the increasing tendency for Welsh speakers to forget them, they cannot be ignored, especially when translating written Welsh.
Thus nant (an example mentioned in the second paragraph of this article) could be the Welsh word for stream, or it could be a mutation of dant, meaing tooth.
www.madog.org /dysgwyr/readings/reading01.html   (1586 words)

 CWS Language Class   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The class is free to all members of the Colorado Welsh Society.
It is scheduled to complete the first 9 chapters of the text and is designed to establish a firm understanding of basic textbook grammer.
The slightly different "spoken" Welsh is presented as well with the help of a series of video presentations where you will listen to a wide variety of native speakers from various parts of the country.
home.att.net /~coloradowelsh/CWS/CWSlang.html   (359 words)

 Reading Middle Welsh -- 2 Pronunciation: Consonants and Vowels
This (and intonation pattern) is why their pronunciation is often reminiscent of Welsh dialects of English.
Modern Welsh orthography takes a fairly high place for phonetic efficiency among the languages of the world -- as opposed to English, which would be close to last.
The main flaws in Welsh are in the simple vowel Y, which has two pronunciations, and the diphthong WY (to be dealt with in Chapter 3) which can be equally ambiguous.
canol.home.att.net /chap02.html   (1124 words)

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