SSi Forum

Challenge 7


#1

Hello, I have just completed challenge 7 and I am confused about some things. I am hoping someone can clear them up for me. “You said” is being taught as “dwedest ti”. I have come across the short form past tense of regular verbs in books as both:
Ais i. Es i
Aist ti. Est ti
Odd e/hi. Odd e/hi
On ni. On ni
Och chi. Och chi
On nhw. On nhw

Clearly est ti is being used in SSIW but are they both right?

Also I read that “Gwnest ti ddechrau” would be a statement and “wnest ti ddechrau” is the way to ask a question. Is this wrong as the same construction is used for question and statement in challenge 7? I am so confused, can anyone help please. Thank you


#2

Helo Simon,

The past ending varies according to whether you’re writing formally or speaking casually. In everyday speech it sounds like es i and est ti so that’s what we use.

Also in more formal Welsh you’ll get statements like Gwnest ti ddechrau but in everyday casual Welsh it’s not common to hear the beginning of such words, and most people pronounce the statement and question versions the same, with tone of voice indicating which it is.

Our course is based very much on the way people naturally speak, so if you go with it, you’ll sound like a natural Welsh speaker :slight_smile:


#3

Hello Deborah

Thank you for clearing that up for me. I am so glad I started this course, though I still haven’t worked up the nerve to join one of the classes yet.


#4

Pop into a Q&A session Simon! After the questions are dealt with we practise creating sentences with the Welsh from early Level 1 - a gentle introduction to speaking Welsh in front of others :slight_smile: