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Welsh-English Name Dictionary Quiz
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Jan 18th, 2013 at 15:14 GMT
Oooh, this was a fun one--lots of significant changes, but still possible to puzzle out. I might suggest keeping only one of Joan or Jeanne, though. Those names are closely related in both languages, with similar origins, so that pair in particular seems a bit nitpicky.
Jan 22nd, 2013 at 13:27 GMT
Probably the hardest one yet
Jan 22nd, 2013 at 15:20 GMT
Amazing how similar the Welsh form of John is to the Slavic form, Ivan.
Jan 22nd, 2013 at 19:18 GMT
Fransis? Too easy, let's add another 'F' to that.
Jan 24th, 2013 at 21:25 GMT
I think this is the hardest one yet.
Mar 30th, 2013 at 17:23 GMT
I should know Tomos, because it's my name!
Game published: Apr 8th, 2013 at 19:00 GMT
Apr 8th, 2013 at 19:19 GMT
some interesting 'english' names here
Apr 8th, 2013 at 19:33 GMT
Ahhh Welsh... the language of cats running across keyboards.
Apr 8th, 2013 at 19:39 GMT
One of the oldest Celtic languages in Europe, falch o fod yn Gymro ac yn falch o siarad iaith mor farddonol!
Apr 8th, 2013 at 19:54 GMT
@likk9922: a single F in Welsh is pronounced the same as V in English; a double F is pronounced the same as the English F sound.
Apr 8th, 2013 at 20:23 GMT
Fascinating. Also, it's fun to play Amateur Linguist when you start to figure out some of the patterns.
Apr 8th, 2013 at 20:29 GMT
A common complaint in these types of quizzes is that some of the English names are themselves obscure, but I'm not sure why that matters. The fun is in trying to find patterns and sound out the translations to figure out which name they could correspond with. I love these quizzes!
Apr 8th, 2013 at 20:39 GMT
Wow, I got is all right on the first go round. I really had to long and hard here, thanks so much for a wonderful challenge!!!!!!
Apr 8th, 2013 at 20:40 GMT
And my dad always told me his name Allyn was the Welsh spelling of Alan.
Apr 8th, 2013 at 20:56 GMT
My curiosity is piqued: how is "Ffraid" derived from "Bridget"?
Apr 8th, 2013 at 21:12 GMT
Not sure if Welsh or English spelled backwards
Apr 8th, 2013 at 21:39 GMT
"Ffraid Jones' Diary" - memories of a coward?
Apr 8th, 2013 at 23:07 GMT
@erak: Ffraid sounds something like "fried" and the original form of Bridget (which is an Anglicization from an original Irish Gaelic form) sounds something like "bride" - making the connection more clear.
Apr 8th, 2013 at 23:55 GMT
Wait, Corgi isn't a real Welsh name?
Apr 9th, 2013 at 00:25 GMT
Bride in Irish isn't pronounced like the English "bride." It's actually pronounced "BREE-ja," with a flap on the r sound at the beginning. Not a big leap from that pronunciation to Ffraid.
Apr 9th, 2013 at 03:02 GMT
I thought John was Ioan, like the actor Ioan Gruffudd.
Apr 9th, 2013 at 10:16 GMT
@grumpyshoegirl: there is a form Brighid pronounced like bride or breed.
Apr 9th, 2013 at 13:49 GMT
@cmkeller : that also is, but there's a few different welsh forms of john... I kept on looking for Sion and it not being there! Only when I eliminated a load did I get to the right one here
Apr 9th, 2013 at 15:44 GMT
Welsh is such a beautiful language! It sounds like elvish!
Apr 9th, 2013 at 20:55 GMT
No wonder - Tolkien formed the Elvish languages from Welsh and Finnish.
Apr 9th, 2013 at 22:56 GMT
Found fluency in Irish a help in this quiz for some reason. It made it much easier to find linking sounds in the words. Love these kinds of quizzes :)
Apr 11th, 2013 at 05:11 GMT
Just thought of the Welsh today when I saw all the lovely daffodils in bloom!
Apr 11th, 2013 at 17:05 GMT
Distinguishing between Joan and Jeanne is a little unfair, since they are both essentially the same name ("God is Gracious"; the female equivalent of John). Joan of Arc = Jeanne d'Arc. The two Welsh names are variants of the same name.
Apr 13th, 2013 at 00:54 GMT
Knowing Irish helped me as well, but I definitely didn't see the connection when it came to Bridget.
Apr 13th, 2013 at 22:01 GMT
Wow - who knew I could speak Welsh?
Apr 17th, 2013 at 01:34 GMT
Ermahgrt, Siwan and Siân
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