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Tiny questions with quick answers - continuing thread


I think this is my all time favourite english saying @siaronjames; ‘colloquial flexibility,’


Well I don’t know if it’s officially a ‘thing’, but it certainly exists! :joy:


I live in the USA and from now on when I make a mistake trying to speak Welsh I will just say it is a case of “colloquial flexibility”. What a relieve to be able to finally justify my “Yankee Welsh”. Ha ha.


I have been ploughing my way through the old course after completing the new. Something that I heard (northern, level 1, Vocab) made me question something that I always say to my son. In the morning I would say “Amser i fynd” and “barod i fynd”. I’m sure the course said “Amser mynd” - so no “i”. Should I be saying Amser mynd and barod mynd? I always seem to struggle with when to put an “i” in the sentence and have always been a bit hit and miss with it in the challenges but carried on - peid a poeni as they say :slightly_smiling_face:



First post on here, might I say what a brilliant platform too :grin:

What I’m a little confused about is how the word bod is used in challenge 4, if I wanted to say “I think that I need to learn welsh” does bod become bo or does it stay as bod, there’s an “I” already after bod though it sounds as if the narrators are saying “Bo” which is why I’m slightly baffled.

E.g. Dw i’n meddwl bod eisiau i fi cymraeg or Dw i’n meddwl bo eisiau i fi cymraeg.
It also seems as if this is the case with o’n i’n trio dweud bo rhaid i fi fynd nawr (I was trying to say that I must go now)

Probably just a misunderstanding, I’m aware you wouldn’t use bo 'fi since the sentence would then be “I think that I I need to learn welsh” though I’m confused as to how “bod” changes due to the sentence structure (I’m learning south welsh dialect if this helps any).



The i is used before a verbnoun to imply purpose - sometimes it helps to think “in order to” and if the sentence makes sense when you say that, use an i, if not, don’t use an i
e.g. Time to go > time in order to go - doesn’t make sense (no purpose) so no i = amser mynd
Ready to go > ready in order to go - makes sense (there is a purpose) so put an i in = barod i fynd


It doesn’t really matter in speech whether you put the d on or not here - bo is a colloquial way of saying bod, so don’t worry too much about it and go with what gets to your tongue first.


Thanks @siaronjames that makes sense. Hopefully I will be able to get that “i” in the right place in future :grinning:


Diolch! Dw i’n trio cofio about colloquial changes so this is really helpful :slightly_smiling_face:


Is the word “Bre” (Hill or up) ever used in speech, or does it only survive in place names.?

Same question for Bray/Brae in English/Scots if anyone knows