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Level 2, Challenge 9 (North)


#1

Just a quick question about spelling. "A Guide to Level 2 "(Word file) has “doeddAn nhw ddim” and “doeddWn ni ddim”. “SSiW vocab Level 2 North” (pdf file) also has “doeddAn ni ddim”.
However, according to my Modern Welsh Dictionary it should be “doeddEn ni ddim” and “doeddEn nhw ddim”! Which spelling is correct or are they all correct? Thanks.


#2

Both endings are OK. The “an” endings tend to be popular in some parts of Wales, particularly the North West, where they reflect the pronunciation.

As it happens, Gareth King’s Modern Welsh Grammar, which is a sort of companion to your dictionary, confirms this.

You will also notice “Dach” versus “Dych” . I hope this helps.


#3

Hi John, thanks very much for your help. I will definitely be investing in Gareth King’s Modern Welsh Grammar as I find his Modern Welsh Dictionary invaluable.


#4

Hi @garyharrop

These are great as a stepping stone to the Modern Welsh Grammar - which is a truly mind expanding piece of literature (have you Read the Hitch hikers guide to the Galaxy?!)

These have very short chapters on specific things (which build up) - with examples - which is absolutely perfect when you are learning when you just want an explanation of a particular thing without 27 other things being brought into the situation!

Rich :slight_smile:


#5

That’s interesting. I wondered if there was something like that going on. I’ve noticed both Aran and Catrin (though more Catrin I think) making ‘a’ sounds on ‘e’ letters. One of my friends who’s an Anglesey native spells that way too - I’ve seen him write rywbath rather than rhywbeth.


#6

Hi Rich, Thanks for recommending these two books. I think Say Something In … is a great way of learning a new language but sometimes you just need a bit more information or an explanation. So I’ll be ordering the books next week. Gary