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The Urdd Eisteddford 2022: Make Your Voice Heard!

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The Urdd Eisteddford 2022: Make Your Voice Heard!

In number 35 of our series of Welsh for beginners, we bring you all the Welsh words you need to make the Urdd Eisteddford in Denbighshire one to remember!

EnglishWelshEnglish pronunciation
EisteddfodEisteddfodAce-teth-vod**
StageLlwyfanLloo-ee-van
Sing / singingCanuCan-ee
DancingDawnsioDown-sho
CompetitionCystadleuaethCuss-dad-lay-ithe
Good morningBore daBor-eh dah
Good afternoonP’nawn daPrin-houn dah
Can I have….?Ga i…..?Gah-ee…..?
Dw i’n dysgu CymraegDw i’n dysgu CymraegDween Dusky Come-rye-g
** th as in ‘the’
Darparwyd gan Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam: hyrwyddo a chefnogi’r iaith Gymraeg a’r diwylliant Cymreig drwy weithgareddau cymdeithasol, y celfyddydau a chwaraeon.Provided by Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam: promoting and supporting the Welsh language and culture through social activities, the arts and sports.

Wyddoch chi?……Did you know?

Mae Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yr Urdd – un o wyliau ieuenctid teithiol mwyaf Ewrop sy’n denu tua 90,000 o ymwelwyr – yn cael ei chynnal eleni ar gyrion tref Dinbych rhwng 30 Mai – 4 Mehefin.   Mae’n ŵyl i ddathlu llenyddiaeth, cerddoriaeth a chelfyddydau Cymru ac yn ddiwrnod gwerth chweil i’r teulu oll! Eleni mi fydd tocynnau i’r ŵyl ar gael AM DDIM! Gallwch archebu tocynnau ar-lein (https://www.urdd.cymru/cy/)

The Urdd National Eisteddfod – one of Europe’s largest youth touring festivals that attracts around 90,000 visitors each year – will be held this year on the outskirts of Denbigh between 30 May – 3 June.  It is a festival of Welsh literature, music and performing arts and a great day out for all the family!  This year tickets for the festival are FREE!  For more information and to book tickets online visit https://www.urdd.cymru/en 

Menter Iaith Logo - Welsh Easter

A Brief History of Welsh – Introduction

Firstly, Cymraeg, or Welsh, is a language native to the British Isles, originating from a Celtic language spoken by the ancient Britons. Throughout its history, it has faced numerous challenges to its existence.

Welsh is a Brythonic language, meaning British Celtic in origin and was spoken in Britain even before the Roman occupation. Thought to have arrived in Britain around 600 BC, the Celtic language evolved in the British Isles into a Brythonic tongue which provided the basis not only for Welsh, but also Breton and Cornish. At this time in Europe, Celtic languages were spoken across the continent even as far as Turkey.

The Welsh Language Society

Secondly, in the 19th century, the Welsh language still did not benefit from the increasing literacy levels amongst the general public. Moreover, whilst children were attending school, Welsh was not part of the school curriculum. English was still the dominant language as it represented administration and business in an era of imperial expansion.

In the 20th century, there was a growing recognition that the Welsh language and Welsh speakers were being discriminated against. For example, in 1942 the Welsh Courts Act formally addressed the issue of defendants and plaintiffs being forced to speak in English and ushered in a new law allowing Welsh to be used in the courts.

By 1967, a very important and crucial piece of legislation was introduced thanks to the campaigning of many individuals including Plaid Cymru and also the Welsh Language Society.

This legislation was largely modelled on the Hughes Parry Report only two years earlier which stated that Welsh should have equal status to English in the courts.

This was a pivotal moment when the prejudices ushered in during the Tudor period began to be reversed. Today the Welsh language is spoken at home, in the workplace, in the community and also in the government. In the 2011 census, over 562,000 people named Welsh as their main language.

Finally, to learn more Welsh phrases view The Welsh Gift Shop website here.

Also, to view our other Welsh words click here.

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