Welsh, an introduction.
hedberg at vermontel.net
Tue Sep 7 18:47:34 EDT 1999
If you can get over the weird-looking letter agglomerations, Welsh is an
amazingly intuitive language. Compared to the Gaelic Celtic languages (Scots
and Irish), it's a breeze to pronounce. Every letter has only a couple
sounds, and there are fewer sounds than English to start with.
w is always a vowel. If you think about it, it's basically a vowel in
English, except when paired with an "h". Try saying "wombat" or
"Wellington." As in Welsh, "W" is basically "oo".
y is also always a vowel. the pronunciation is different from English. It be
anywhere from a neutral "uh" to "ee", all pronounced with a roundness of
tone that Welsh has throughout.
a is always "ah"
o is always "oh"
As in English, most vowels can tend toward a schwa (neutral) sound when in
ll: put your mouth in the shape to say "liquor", but instead of vocalizing
the consonant, breathe through it (as you would to start "thicker". It
sounds a bit like "hl"
f is pronouced "v", and ff is pronounced "f"
c is pronounced "g"
ch is as in Scots, only gentler, more forward in the mouth.
Welsh has a musical lilt to it, maybe a bit like Swedish or Swiss Gernman.
Sometimes sounds like it's all a series of questions.
Try pronouncing these:
Hope this helps.
Hedberg Maps, Inc.
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