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Useful phrases for the English / Saes, when they visit Cardiff / Caerdydd for the rugby

by Marrick on January 25, 2011

As everyone knows, most residents of Cardiff are fluent in Welsh, so be prepared to enjoy a warm Welsh welcome by speaking a few words of the lingo. To help you on your way, I've prepared a small number of handy phrases:

Mae fy hofrenfad yn llawn llyswennod – My hovercraft is full of eels

Ble mae'r t? bach? – I think I'm going to be sick.

Gad lonydd i fi! – Good game chaps, but I think I'm going to be sick.

Galwch yr Heddlu! – If I drink any more of this stuff, I'm going to be sick.

Ydw, tipyn bach – In response to "Do you like the cock?"

Mae'n ddrwg gen i. Faint mae hwn yn ei gostio, twp slebog? – In response to "Looking for business?" (Twp Slebog is also the name given to landladies in Wales).

Please: Pen pidyn
Thank you: Ti'n llawn cachu
Good afternoon: Cont Tew
What is with your lineout…! (rough translation): Cauc cle wyneb cachau ewythr cachau…!
And if you happen to meet Bob, greet him with "Bob hoffi'r Pigyn"

While there, be sure to enjoy the famous hospitality of Loudon Square, where you'll find the Anglo-Welsh friendship society. It opens at 1 a.m. Remember to wear a traditional Welsh costume.

I nearly forgot – the best way to make friends is to greet them in the traditional Welsh way: Cachu bant ti cachu mes. This is sure to engender a feeling of warmth and camaraderie.

And in the event of a Welsh win, show a bit of your famous English sportsmanship by declaring: Cau dy ffwcin ceg – to anyone who reminds you of the result.

Enjoy your trip to Wales! Daclus.

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