Welsh Pronunciation Guide

Pronunciation Guide:

The Welsh language uses a few letters not found in English:
ch, as in the Scottish “loch”
dd, as in the English “them”
ff, like the English f
The Welsh single f like the English v
The famous Welsh “ll”, something like “thl”
The Welsh c is always hard, as in care
The Welsh g likewise, as in garden
The vowel w sounds sometimes like the oo in book, sometimes as in loom
The vowel i sometimes sounds like the e in me, sometimes like the i in will
The vowel u sounds more or less like the vowel i
The vowel y sounds sometimes like the u in sum, sometimes like the i in slim
The emphasis is generally on the penultimate syllable

Ciaran: KEA-run (Don’t forget to trill the r)

Cei: Kay
Robyn ap Gryffin: Same as in the English Robin ap GRIFF-in (ap means “son of”)
Ifanwy: e-VON-wee
Evaine: e-VANE
Gwilym: Goo-WILL-im (William)
Rhiannon: Rhee-ANN-on
Tomas: TOM-as (Thomas)
Gwenllian: GWEN-thlee-an
Dafydd: DAV-ith (David)
Hywell ap Gruffydd: HOW-ethl ap GRIFF-ith
Iolo: YO-lo
The Bruce: Just as in English, but with a pronounced rolling of the r
Bwcca: BOO-ka (rhymes with “hookah”)
y Ddraig Goch: Ee-THRIGH-Goch (rhymes with “Bach”) (The Red Dragon)
Cymru: CUM-ree (countrymen) Cymro: CUM-ro (Welshman)

Bri Leith: bree-LAITH (rhymes with “faith”)
Caer Blaen: cayr-BLINE
Castell y Arberth: cas-TETHL ee AR-birth (Nar-berth)
Dolwydellan: dol-wi-DETHL-lan
Dygannwy: di-GAN-wee
Gwyllion: GWITH-lee-on
Annwn: Ah-NOON
Gwragredd Annwn: Goo-WOG-reth Ah-NOON