Tiny questions with quick answers - continuing thread


#4731

Thanks! I guess that speaking or listening to other people you don’t really get only a sentence all by itself, so you can pretty much understand if it’s I or we, most of the time.

However, when writing it seems trickier even for fluent Welsh speakers.
So I understand even though they sound the same, it should have been “i” not “ni”


#4732

Also, as Siaron mentioned, it should have been fyddwn rather than fydden - which also sound very much alike when you hear them in speech.


#4733

Right - I need to read any sentence at least 3 or 4 times (and now often copy into a list of useful words/sentences I’m making) before I notice and remember all details! :grimacing:

Edit:
in fact more details slowly become visible to my eye and bring more questions.
So the first example in my list was:
bydden i’n dweud wrthot ti - I’d tell you
not byddwn, and that was correct? Maybe not.

I kinda think the whole list would be:
byddwn i
byddet ti
byddai fe/hi
bydden ni
byddech chi
(?) nhw


#4734

Gareth’s big grammar book has a full list - a fair amount of the book is on google books actually, if you search. (not that I would discourage you from buying the actual book :slight_smile: ).


#4735

Ieeee, sorry…I had a look at (a few) Grammar books, but they’re just shocking! - they gave me the impression I’ll never be able to speak Welsh fluently, so I’m going to stay away from them for a while longer

However I had tried to see “would” on the Modern Welsh Dictionary - that works just fine - but a few forms were missing.
Just now I realized they could be, and actually were, under “bod”. I still have to figure out a bit how to search things on books, forum and google and get clear results! Sorry! :grimacing:


#4736

I did warn you to wait until after you had completed level 3 :smiley: :wink: Seriously, get Gareths Welsh Grammar after the challenges. It’s not ultra cheap, but not that expensive and great as a special present. I’ve got it on Kindle reader (on my PC). You can just search on a word or idea. In the meantime, heres a freebie from the BBC:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/learnwelsh/grammar/index.shtml


#4737

No, you MUST drop the pwy in that sentence - because pwy is only a question word, never a relative (in English ‘who’ is both, which is what causes confusion for learners sometimes).

Dyna’r ferch sy’n byw’n agos at yr ysgol


#4738

:flushed:

I stand corrected. How’d I do with the rest?


#4739

Apart from the pwy I loved it! :slight_smile:


#4740

Oi, you’re meant to be on honeymoon, not talking about grammar! :scream:


#4741

Good point well made, @aran:confused:


#4742

I just want to make sure he at least gets home before the divorce proceedings start… :smiley: :laughing:


#4743

Well obviously. It’s the decent thing…


#4744

Talking about honeymoons … Why is Welsh Mis Mél? Honey month?! :open_mouth: (how to do circumflex on Mel?)


#4745

For an ê you can try “alt 0234” (hold the “alt” key and use the number pad for 0234). Or for any Welsh character (including ŵ and ŷ) you can try “Typeit” online to type anything and then copy it into here. If you’re using a phone (android anyway, I don’t know about i-phone) you might look for the Welsh keyboard at “Literatim” (search in the play store)

Well . . . months and moons are often interchangeable in language. Months and moon cycles seem to be almost the same length so many cultures count time by “moons” rather than months . . . (my guess, anyway)


#4746

( On an iPhone/ iPad you can hold the letter e.g. ‘e’ and it will show you all the accented options in a pop-up - which you can then choose from. )


#4747

I don’t know about smartphones/tablets/iPads etc (not got those!), but on my computer I use the To Bach software https://www.bangor.ac.uk/cymorthcymraeg/to_bach.php.en


#4748

Or for a to bach on a Mac, hold alt and press ‘i’ before selecting your vowel (English vowels only! :roll_eyes:)!


#4749

I think mentioned before but Tó Bach software only gives gravé ón my keyboard. Possibly because it’s Windows 10?


#4750

I use To Bach with Windows 10. You have to use the Alt key on the right hand side of the keyboard, it’s not the same as the one on the left (who knew? :slight_smile: ) So ctrl-RIGHT alt-w gives ŵ, ctrl-RIGHT alt-y gives ŷ, etc. See if that works for you!

Edited to add: I’m in the US so this may only apply to certain keyboards.