Fun with Welsh

Soon, I will get around to mapping out my genealogy, but for now, let’s just suffice to say, I have some Welsh. Good bit actually, and some royal Welsh lines, going back to something like 1100 AD!

I love languages, and for several years after starting research on the Cherokee ancestors I studied the Cherokee language. I love the different “Letters” and the Syllabary, and it was fun, but I really didn’t have anyone to converse with, so it’s hard to go very far.

Now I’m enamored of Welsh. It looks fun and has lots of strange sounds we don’t make in English, so I’m poking around a bit, learning some sounds, and practicing the dreaded “LL”.

Apparently the most fun you can have with a word in Welsh is a little town called “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch”.

It means  “The Church of St. Mary in the hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool and the church of  St. Tysilio’s by the red cave” and can be found on Anglsey, in Northern Wales, near Bangor.

If you break it down, it’s  “Llan-fair   pwllgwyngyll   gogerych   wyrndrobwll  llan-tysilio  gogogoch”

Need some help with that? Here’s a fun video that will have you singing along in no time!

Enjoy!!

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