2.2 Pronunciation practice
Now you will hear how the greetings are pronounced and practise your pronunciation.
Listen to the following phrases and try repeating them to practise your pronunciation.
When greeting somebody, you can say:
Bore da. Good morning.
Prynhawn da. Good afternoon.
Noswaith dda. Good evening.
These expressions are often followed by:
Sut mae? How are things / How are you?
Sut dych chi? How are you?
To which you could respond:
- Da iawn, diolch. Very well, thanks.
Note that the common greeting Sut mae? is pronounced shwmai in some places in South Wales.
When parting from people, you can say:
Nos da. Good night.
Hwyl. Goodbye. (informal)
Da boch chi. Goodbye. (formal)
Sut mae? can be used as a greeting on its own at any time during the day. Nos da can also be used to say good night to someone before going to bed.