A Guide to Pronouncing the Welsh Language by Michael Driscoll – click here
A guide to Welsh Language Pronunciation
With thanks to Howell Owen Williams for help with this guide.
While English is the most common language in Wales, Welsh is still used and actively promoted by some half a million people. It is particularly strong in the Western and Northern regions (Gwynedd, Conwy and Dyfed) where the Welsh language remains strong and highly visible – such as on road signs.
For the walker planning to scale the hills and mountains of Wales, a cursory glance at the map will reveal that most mountain tops and geographical features are described in Welsh. At first sight, this seemingly incomprehensible language may be daunting, yet a little knowledge of the language and how to pronounce it correctly will enhance your experience in these majestic surroundings.
Welsh is a language whose spelling is entirely regular and phonetic, so that once you know the rules, you can learn to read it and pronounce it without too much difficulty.
Just remember that in Welsh ALL the letters are pronounced (even if sometimes its looks impossible).
See if you can read the following out loud. It is english but written using the sounds of the Welsh alphabet:
Ai hop ddat yw can ryd ddy