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Watch: Americans have a go at guessing Welsh words – and it’s glorious

15 Sep 2022 2 minute read
Americans try their hand at guessing the meaning of Welsh words (Credit: Buzzfeed)

Anyone who has watched the latest episode of Welcome To Wrexham will know just how much Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds are doing to put Wales on the map.

Their enthusiasm in educating those Stateside in the rich history, traditions and culture of our beautiful country is wonderful to see.

We won’t give to much away about the ‘Wales special’ that constitutes the latest episode, but we’ll add that the Welsh language plays a big part.

We shouldn’t be surprised by that, of course, given Rob and Ryan’s love of the language – see Rob showing off his skills on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for evidence of this.

US digital media company were keen to shine a light on Wales and its language in a special video they recently filmed.

Watching Americans wrestle with the vagaries of words from Wales and their meanings, is a joy to behold.

So if you want to see US residents guessing the meanings of words such as mitching, chopsing and daps as well as chwarae teg, ych a fi and pel droed, amongst many others, then you’re in for a treat.

Watch and enjoy!


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Y Cymro
Y Cymro
13 days ago

I’ve seen similar videos on YouTube before. Some are interesting, most are hilarious, but not for the right reason. To be fair I find most Americans innocently unaware but there are some downright ignorant not only of Wales or the Welsh language but can’t even find their own country on the map of the world. And these are collage graduates by the way. A tad worrying seeing America was able to put a man on the moon.

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
13 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

and they wouldn’t have achieved that without the work of some very talented and very determined young black women, they tried to airbrush out of history.

George Bodley
George Bodley
12 days ago

It’s not ych y fi ych is ox in Welsh it’s Ach y fi having consulted my Welsh dictionary and Cwtch has several meanings 1 to cuddle 2 to hide something away 3 to tell the dog to hide when he’s done wrong didn’t need to consult my dictionary on Cwtch

Kaz
Kaz
11 days ago
Reply to  George Bodley

Ach a fi isn’t the sound you need more like Uch. Cwtch is mostly a South Walian ( I’m from South Wales but living in North Wales ) cuddle or hug

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