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  • If you"re not British...

    ...can you pronounce that name ? (I didn't even try)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHxO0UdpoxM

    不不不

  • #2
    The problem is it's a Welsh name and Welsh puts different sounds to the same letters as other languages.

    I saw a Welsh place name once. I said I'd never seen a word without a vowel. The Welsh speaker that posted it said "You still haven't: 'w' is a vowel in Welsh.".

    -as English speakers, we basically lack the software to pronounce that name!

    (I think you'd need to be able to take a really deep breath, too!)

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    • #3
      I'm lucky there is no film fair, there. Imagine if you need to buy a train or a coach ticket for this place

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      • #4
        I consider myself of the persuaded Anglican, reminds one of the olde English wording in Canterbury Tales

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Steve Klare View Post
          The problem is it's a Welsh name and Welsh puts different sounds to the same letters as other languages.

          I saw a Welsh place name once. I said I'd never seen a word without a vowel. The Welsh speaker that posted it said "You still haven't: 'w' is a vowel in Welsh.".

          -as English speakers, we basically lack the software to pronounce that name!

          (I think you'd need to be able to take a really deep breath, too!)
          Yes in Welsh W is exactly that double "U" ("UU"). I learnt that from the beer named Cwch, which seems to mean something like "Cuddle".

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          • #6
            Mine was "Tan y Bwlch", a station along the Ffestiniog railway.

            -as I understand it, pronounced "boolchh" (or "buulchh" if you like!).

            This is the problem with learning new languages: you have to adopt these new ways of pronouncing the same alphabet, but then remember to reverse gears when speaking your own language.

            I've been taking German a couple of years now, and every so often I pronounce a word like "Shtuttgart" or "Visebier" when speaking English and get funny looks from people!

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            • #7
              Click to read details of the name.

              Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - Wikipedia

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              • #8
                I have a very big platform ticket for the station there, bought on a school journey in the early 1960's.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Brian Fretwell View Post
                  I have a very big platform ticket for the station there, bought on a school journey in the early 1960's.
                  Waw. Must be something...

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                  • #10
                    I get the feeling the people in the area have a nickname for the place: two, three syllables at the most!

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                    • #11
                      Some of our best holidays camping in sunshine and storms...even a flooded camp site with children canoeing past your tent REELY!

                      Here's a few snaps from the archive.
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                      Festiniog Railway.


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                      The year Lake Bala overflowed and our tents went floating with us all in them in a foot of water. Amazingly just about everyone was laughing and our foster children had a memorable holiday with us.

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                      Wonderful times .... Was testing a new Camcorder for Panasonic at the time but these were shot with a Nikon.

                      Dom you would love Wales but take some 9-5 or 8mm film with you so much to capture.

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                      • #12
                        Nice pictures, Lee. I have to admit I know few of the UK outside London. I visited Harpenden, Blackpool and many years ago Edinburg and Glasgow.

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                        • #13
                          Steve
                          The official abbreviation is "Llanfair PG".

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                          • #14
                            Don't think I stand much chance pronouncing it Dom and me a Man of Kent having been born on the East side of the river.

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                            • #15
                              It's just a shame that the railway in your last picture, Lee, is having financial trouble, it is in administration the operating company is bankrupt, and if facing a sale of all it's assets. The support group is fundraising to buy them.
                              https://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk/

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