Home » Advice, Destinations » Handy Welsh Phrases & Meanings


Wales Holiday Cottage

If you are staying in a Wales Holiday Cottage or any accommodation in Wales this summer then it might be useful to learn a few choice Welsh phrases as well as the meaning of those seemingly unpronounceable road signs.

Wales is officially a bi-lingual country and therefore has signs written in Welsh and English. Often the Welsh name will appear above the English so it’s sometimes easier to spot these Welsh phrases, which is why it might useful to learn exactly what they mean just in case you miss the English translation written below it.

Araf – Slow (Pronounced: arav)

Dim mynediad – No entry (dim munned-yad)

Dim … – No … (dim …)

Lôn – lane (lonn)

Ffordd – road (forth)

Llwybr Cyhoeddus – Public Footpath (thlooy-beer kahoy-this)

Cymru – Wales (kumm-ri)

Gwesty – Hotel (gwesty)

Siôp – Shop (shop)

Swyddfa’r Post – Post Office (sooeethva post)

Gorsaf – Station (gorsav)

Heddlu – Police (hethlee)

Ysbyty – Hospital (uss-butty)

Traeth – Beach (trye-th)

Toiledau – Toilets (toy-led-eye)

Merched – Ladies (mair-kedd)

Dynion – Gentlemen (dunny-onn)

Here are a few everyday Welsh phrases which you may encounter during your Short Break Wales

Welcome to Wales – Croeso i Gymru (Croesoh ee Gum-reeh)

Good morning – Bore da (Pronounced: Boh-reh dah)

Good afternoon – Prynhawn da (Prin-houn dah)

Good night – Nos da (nohs dah)

OK – Iawn (Yown (rhymes with gown))

Cheers! – Iechyd da! (Yeh-chid dah)

Thanks – Diolch (Dee-olch)

Thanks very much – Diolch Yn Fawr (Dee-olck unn vowr)

Very good – Da iawn (Dah ee-aw-n)

Pub – Tafarn (Tav-arn)

Don’t worry if you find these phrases to difficult to learn as the vast majority of Welsh people speak English, in fact more speak English than they do Welsh! Learning some Welsh phrases may just help enhance your holiday and get the most out of this beautiful country.


Leave a Reply