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Re: Tahl

Postby Iestyn » Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:59 pm

Tahl wrote:Thanks for all the kind words -- and the reality check, because I've found myself in the dumps a few times lately at how hard I've found that Twitter course in cynghanedd (Welsh strict-metre poetry) that I mentioned. Deep breath, right foot, left foot, right foot...


Diane - Cynghanedd is extremely difficult for most Welsh speakers, so don't be upset that you're struggling to master it. It requires a big vocabulary (lots of synonyms), a higher than normal feel for rhythm and sound of the language, and an imagination that still works under those stresses. Being upset that you can't master cynghanedd is a bit like being upset after learning Welsh that you can't sing harmonies off-the-cuff to the great hymns. In fact, the fact that you are still going passed the "think of an accented word, think of an unaccented word" is a massive testament to the standard of your Welsh.

I used to be able to do cynghanedd, but when I stopped speaking Welsh much (between 89 and about 2003) I lost the ability almost totally. Now, I can make up individual lines, occasionally in full traws (the most difficult form), but only manage to rhyme anything by coincidence. I doubt that Aran can get past a basic "lusg", along with about 90% of the rest of the Welsh speaking world...
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Re: Tahl

Postby SJ » Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:26 pm

Llongyfarchiadau Diane! Roedd y cyfweliad 'na yn un hollol wych! :D A great, natural sounding interview, welsh speaker to welsh speaker! :clap:
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Re: Tahl

Postby Aran » Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:32 pm

Iestyn wrote:I doubt that Aran can get past a basic "lusg"


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Re: Tahl

Postby MikeEllwood » Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:45 pm

FWIW, I hear "wel", all the time on Radio Cymru.

Da iawn iawn, Diane.

(Not that I pretend to have understood it all, but you clearly understood what he was saying, which is pretty impressive in itself).
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Re: Tahl

Postby Iestyn » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:12 pm

Aran wrote:
Iestyn wrote:I doubt that Aran can get past a basic "lusg"


Cyhuddiad caeodd dŷ cywydd,
O dan baw y deryn bydd.


Ahem. I rest my case... :wink:

I should add that even "a basic lusg" can be absolutely beautiful. I sometimes make mistakes when writing on Twitter just so that I can see the rather beautiful message "Your tweet has been deleted"...
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Re: Tahl

Postby lambiek » Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:36 am

I am just listening to your interview now, Diane. Very impressive, so fluent, in many senses of the word! O hyn ymlaen, dylen ni wrthod siarad saesneg at ein gilydd ar y fforwm :smile:
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Re: Tahl

Postby Aran » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:05 am

Iestyn wrote:Ahem. I rest my case... :wink:


Cheek! That's one cynghanedd groes o gyswllt gymhleth and one cynghanedd groes plain vanilla, with an unaccented/accented rhyme just for fun. And if you ask me, groes is considerably trickier than draws...:)
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Re: Tahl

Postby cwmgoch » Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:21 pm

Just listened to this and thought that you were absolutely fantastic Diane! Ardderchog! Da iawn ti! :clap: A real inspiration for those of us coming up behind you!
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Re: Tahl

Postby NetMouse » Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:51 pm

Wow, what a treat of a Monday lunchtime listen! You're a star, Tahl!
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Re: Tahl

Postby Mort's Cap » Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:49 pm

Blast! I am behind, and consequently have missed both Tahl and JonSais on Radio Cymru catch-up. Sounds like both did a wonderful job.
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