September 6th, 2013

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Welsh pronunciation for English speakers

I come seeking help once more with the roleplaying game I'm translating (French > English). I've hit the appendices, which include a section advising on the pronunciation of the many Welsh words in the main text. I'm going to need to amend this section quite a bit, rather than just translating the original straight, since it is written based on the (understandable) assumption that the reader is a) a native French speaker and b) multilingual (albeit not necessarily a linguist per se), assumptions which would not be enormously helpful for my  target audience, most of whom will be monolingual Americans or Brits.

My limited RL knowledge of Welsh comes mainly from six months living in the English-speaking part of Wales, so I'm assuming I can't really rely even on what little Welsh I have heard (given that I lived in the Rhondda Valley and never heard the 'dd' of that name pronounced as 'th'!).

I've done what I can, based (very loosely) on the original and a bit of Googling of Welsh pronunciation guides, but if any passing Welsh speakers could have a look under the cut and let me know whether what I've come up with looks reasonable, I'd be enormously grateful. [I don't need it to be perfect, as I rather doubt the original was perfect, but I want to avoid anything in it being so wrong it's embarrassing!].

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