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Tiny questions with quick answers - continuing thread


I’m going through the old course (after finishing the current three levels a few months back) and I’ve just got to a bit where the inclusion of a word puzzles me.

It’s covering “if…then…” sentences and there’s a mysterious “mi” appearing. For example, in “Taset ti’n dal i gredu, mi faset ti’n behafio’n well”. This puzzles me. I would have thought the “mi” would be referring to me, but there’s no reason to include myself in this sentence. Can anyone explain what it’s doing there?

(I know people always say not to worry about the technical stuff, but I have the kind of brain that learns better if I understand why the sentence is doing what it’s doing.)


The ‘mi’ here is just indicating a positive statement - it has no translation. In the South you’d hear ‘fe’ doing the same thing (not to be confused with fe = he). They can be put in (in which case they cause a soft mutation) or left out. And sometimes they are left out but the mutation they cause isn’t!
mi faset ti’n behafio’n well.
fe faset ti’n behafio’n well.
faset ti’n behafio’n well.
baset ti’n behafio’n well.
They’re all the same meaning, so which one you use is whichever one you prefer.


I see! Thanks :slightly_smiling_face:


Beth yw ‘thread’ yn Gymraeg.??..
fel ‘internet thread on a forum’

I looking for the word ‘thread’ in Welsh as used on forums

I once saw ‘straeon’ used for threads… but surely stori isnt thread? Suppose it makes sense


Does Welsh use the actual word for a sewing thread? My dictionary lists edau (feminine) or edefyn (masculine) for that sort of thread. (Apparently edefyn is also “filament”…)


I was about to suggest the same thing, I am pretty sure I’ve seen edefyn used like that on Welsh language tweets.


I’ve recently read a book called “Fel Edefyn Gwe” :slight_smile: (Its good!) :slight_smile:


Diolch bawb.

I assume edafedd is the plural then? :slightly_smiling_face:

Edafedd is a collection of threads -physically… a yarn / wool


Edafedd seems to be the plural of the similar word “Edaf”
Efafynnau seems to be the plural of edefyn.
Either of theses see ok for a thread (actual, or of life or narative).

Also, possibly: hanes


Huh. According to the dictionary Y Geiriadur Mawr the plural for both edau (f) and edefyn (m) is edafedd - threads


Interesting, I looked at the GPC. Nice to have the choice of words :smiley:


Bore da pawb. I’d usually say ‘I’m off to the shop’ rather than ‘I’m going to the shop’.

Is there an equivalent in Cymraeg? Google suggests ‘Dw i i ffwrdd i’r siop’, but I’m never sure how much to trust it for idioms.

I’m doing the Northern course if it makes any difference.



I think the closest you’ll get is “ffwrdd â fi i’r siop” (“bant â fi” for those in the South!), or “dwi’n mynd am y siop”.
You will probably hear the anglo-influenced “dwi’n off i’r siop” too :wink:


Haha - the last one has (inevitably) embedded itself in my brain immediately! Diolch am dy help.


Bant â ni, cant y cant!

Off we go, 100%! (Direct translation)

Is a Welsh rhyming phrase Ive heard young people say when leaving to town on a night out… but you could use it for any situation where “lets roll!” is suitable


Mae’n gwych - diolch! I’m stashing that one for the next time I see my Welsh-speaking niece & nephew. Should be good for a ‘Oh no what’s he saying now?’ moment!


So now that makes me want a snappy Welsh equivalent of the Brazilian muito bem - nota cem ("Very good - 10 out of 10“ — literally, “very good — a mark of 100”). Best I’ve come up with is llwyddiant - cant y cant. Llwyddiannus would be better, as an adjective, but wouldn’t rhyme; and gogoniant felt a bit too redolent of the splendour of heavenly glory for a simple “well done”…


I havent quite got the confidence to attempt new phrases quite yet but maybe soon! :face_with_monocle::joy:

Simply saying with gusto…

‘ Un dda !! ‘ - Good one!!!

Da wir!! - Truly good!!!

Are good starting points for me … Im sure theres lots I dont know.

I do admit to saying ‘(y)sblenydd’ (splendid) when I want to be jokingly posh or rubbing my hands like Mr Burns to a bit of … hwyl a sbri… with a ‘pinsiad’ of mischief :stuck_out_tongue:


Vocabulary question. I’m looking for a word that conveys “wanderer / rambler” or “seeker / searcher” but doesn’t have overt negative connotations. Everything I’m finding in the GPC seems to have associated negative definitions (e.g. “vagabond / tramp” or “inquisitor”). I’m also having trouble discerning whether there are differing masculine and feminine endings. Help?


How about tramwywr or tramwyydd ? It’s more traverser/traveller than wanderer/rambler, but may suit your needs?

With masc/fem endings, generally things ending in -wr are the masculine and those ending in -wraig are the feminine, but you may come across -yn (masc) and -en (fem) too. -ydd is a useful gender neutral when it occurs, but it’s not applied to everything.

Does that help?