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Re: Nervous wreck

Postby RobertBruce » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:36 am

What doesn't help learners is that many people in shops use English when talking numbers. That makes it so much more difficult when you go to somewhere like Siop y Pethe or Inc in Aber and they have a policy of using Welsh numbers exclusively.

"Chi 'di bod yn brysur heddi?"
"Ydw, wir. Ni wedi gwerthu llawer o'r crysiau-t newydd yn enwedig... dyna six ninety-nine, os gwelwch'n dda."

No one ever drowned by getting out of their depth in a Welsh conversation.

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Re: Nervous wreck

Postby Sionned » Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:24 pm

Yep, my encounter was in a bookshop in Aberystwyth. (It has been five years ago now, so I don't remember the name of the shop...)
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Re: Nervous wreck

Postby cap » Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:43 pm

That probably was Siop y Pethe, I bought a CD in there once and they told me the price in Welsh, I used the trick of handing over a £10 note so I wouldn't have to concentrate on the price except that it was £10.99 (which I should have remembered as it did have the price on the front :oops: and said oh, sorry and handed the correct change over, they then asked me if I wanted a bag (also in Welsh) so they obviously thought I could understand (though I had effectively reverted to English, I realized after sorri could also be used by a Welsh speaker). I understood but had a mental block of how to say no thanks as I wasn't expecting them to ask that so just shook my head.

I didn't speak to them first but I think it was because it was a Welsh language CD I was buying they probably assumed I could understand, there were some other people in the shop who looked like tourists and the person behind the counter told them the price in Welsh and English.
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