Welsh Pronunciation Guide

By Dick Oakes


A a, B b, C c, Ch ch, D d, Dd dd, E e, F f, Ff ff, G g,
Ng ng, H h, I i, L i, Ll ll, M m, N n, O o, P p, Ph ph,
R r, Rh rh, S s, T t, Th th, U u, W w, Y y
â, ê, î, ô, û, ŵ, ŷ


All vowels can be lengthened with the addition of a circumflex (^) which changes the meaning.

Short vowels are sometimes marked with a grave (`) before the letter where they would normally be long.

Letters not listed are pronounced approximately as in English.


a   - a as in man
e   - e as in bet
i   - i as in litre
o   - o as in hot
u   - i as in pita
w   - oo as in zoo
y   - a as in abut when used as the definite article
  - i as in litre (sometimes)
  - u as in under (sometimes)
 
C, c   - c as in cat (always hard)
Ch, ch   - ch as in loch (soft and aspirated)
Dd, dd   - th as in the
F, f   - v as in five
Ff, ff   - f as in fun
G, g   - g as in goat (always hard)
J, j   - dj as in djinn
Ng, ng   - ng as in finger
Ll, ll   - Form your lips and to pronounce the letter L, but blow air around the sides of the tongue
Rh, rh   - Sounds as if the h comes before the r
Th, th   - th as in think
 
DIPTHONGS:
 
ae   - i as in lie
ai   - i as in lie
au   - i as in lie
  - a in map or e in pet when used as a plural ending
aw   - ow as in cow
ei   - ay as in pray
eu   - ay as in pray
ew   - ou as in you (sort of . . .)
i'w   - ew as in yew
ow   - ow as in tow
si   - sh as in she
wy   - wi as in win
y'w   - ew as in yew
ywy   - ui as in fluid


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