Five Welsh Sayings That Show Wales At Its Best

Wales is a very proud nation, and besides being home to some of the friendliest, welcoming people you’ll ever meet, Wales is a nation steeped in history and also has a reputation for their way with words. There are some amusing sayings and words in Wales that are not known in the rest of the UK. We have put some together that you could learn before you go on your dog-friendly holiday in WalesCenedl heb iaith yw cenedl heb galonTranslating to, “A nation without language is a nation without heart,” this is an easy one to understand. For many years, the number of people who spoke the Welsh language was falling, and this saying relates to the loss of the language. Now, however, there has been a resurgence, with many people in Wales giving Welsh as their first language, over English. Bwrw hen wragedd a ffynTranslated into English, “It’s raining old wives and walking sticks,” this is a funny idiom for sure! The English version would be it’s raining cats and dogs. If we don’t know where cats and dogs came from, we definitely don’t know why the Welsh say old wives and walking sticks!  Dyfal donc a dyr y garregTranslating to English as, “Tapping persistently breaks the stone” this Welsh proverb has a simple meaning of perseverance pays in the end. Another English equivalent is that slow and steady wins the race. Araf deg mae mynd ymhellTranslated to, “Go slowly and go far,” this Welsh saying has a similar meaning to the one above, of slow and steady wins the race. We get the feeling the Welsh are very wise!  Mewn pob daioni y mae gwobrThe phrase in English translates as, “There’s reward in every goodness.” We can all understand the meaning behind this saying: do good things, and good things will happen to you!  Now you know the meanings of the saying – why don’t you try pronouncing them? It will be harder than you think!

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