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Discovering Wales and Welsh: first steps
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2.3 Choosing the correct greeting

In the following activity you will practise how to choose the correct greeting according to the situation.

Activity 5

Step A

How would you greet people at the following times of the day? Tick one answer.

1. In the evening

a. 

Bore da.


b. 

Prynhawn da.


c. 

Noswaith dda.


The correct answer is c.

2. In the morning

a. 

Bore da.


b. 

Prynhawn da.


c. 

Noswaith dda.


The correct answer is a.

3. In the afternoon

a. 

Bore da.


b. 

Prynhawn da.


c. 

Noswaith dda.


The correct answer is b.

Step B

This part of the activity asks you to greet someone at different times of the day and to say goodbye. Try pronouncing the following greetings yourself, and then check your responses against the model answers.

1

Greet someone in the afternoon.

Answer

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2

Greet someone in the morning.

Answer

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3

Greet someone in the evening.

Answer

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4

Greet someone at any time.

Answer

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5

Say goodbye to a friend.

Answer

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6

Say goodbye to someone you don’t know very well.

Answer

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Hwyl

Many languages have words that are spelled exactly the same but have different meanings, and Welsh is no exception. You have already seen the word hwyl, meaning ‘goodbye’, but it also means ‘fun’, as in ‘to have fun’, and it means a sail on a boat.