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First of all, CLICK THE IMAGE above to hear how to say the name
Now we will break the name up into sections and take at look at how each section is pronounced. The sections are listed below and are followed by a detailed description. Then we will take a look at exactly what the name means.
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LLAN - FAIR - PWLL - GWYN - GYLL - GO - GER - YCH - WYRN - DROB - WLL - LLAN - TY - SILIO - GO - GO - GOCHLLAN - To start off with, pronounce this section as you would do the Scottish word "clan".
Then listen to the sound recording above taking particular notice of how the "ll" is pronounced. It is difficult to explain in words and is more easily learnt by oral example, but we will have a go here anyway. Lie your tongue flat in your mouth so that the tip is firmly touching the bridge behind your front teeth. Keeping the tip of your tongue in place, try and touch your back teeth with the sides of your tongue - now breathe out forcing the air to run strongly over the back of your tongue. This will cause a vibrating noise near your back teeth. Again, keeping the tongue in position, gently change the shape of your tongue until the sound becomes more controlled. This is the "ll" sound you are looking for. Listen to the sound file above and keep on practising.FAIR - Simply pronounce this section as you would the english word "fire", (not like you would expect to pronounce the word "fair" in english!) but change the "f" sound to a "v".PWLL - Now you have been practising your "ll" sound this will be a little easier to explain. The "pw" section is pronounced like the "pu" in the english word "put". Now add the "ll" on the end as described above. Now listen to the sound file again!GWYN - You may have heard the Welsh name "Gwyn", well this is pronounced in exactly the same way. Just say the english word "win" and put a "g" in front of it. (pronounce the "g" as you would in the word "gone"). Easy.GYLL - This is a bit more tricky. First say the english word "gill" (as associated with fish - not the girl's name!). Then change the "ll" as explained above under PWLL. Listen to the sound file again.GO - Looks easy doesn't it - it is! Pronounce it as you would the "go" in "gone".GER - Simply say the word "care" but change the "c" for a "g".YCH - Like the pronunciation of "ll", this is another tricky section to explain. Think of something you don't like and say "yuck". Now take the "y" from the beginning to leave "uck". Now change the "ck" to "ch" as pronounced in the Scottish word "loch".WYRN - This looks more complicated that it is. Just say the english word "win".DROB - First say the english word "draw" and then add a "b" on the end. Easy.WLL - You've learnt this already. It's pronounced the same as "pwll" above but without the "p".LLAN - Again, this is exactly the same as the "llan" at the beginning of this section.TY - Simply pronounce this section as you would the "t" in "twig".SILIO - Just say "silly - o". The "o" is pronounced as in "cot".GO - As in "gone".GO - As in "gone".GOCH - We're almost there. Simply say "go" as above, but adding the "ch" after it. The "ch" is a little like clearing your throat - see 'YCH' above.
That's it! Put it all together and keep on practising.Here's a Youtube video that may be of help to younger linguists :
To help you to understand how we get the translation above, here is a breakdown of the name and a translation of some Welsh words.LLANFAIRpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogochSaint Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio of the red cave.LLANFAIR - St. Mary's Church. "Llan" originally meant an "enclosure", now "church" and is usually followed by the name of a saint, in this case St. Mary. There are many places in Wales beginning with this, another example is Llangollen which means "church of St. Collen (hazel tree)".
Saint Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio of the red cave.PWLL - This is the Welsh for "hollow"
Saint Mary's Church in the hollow of thewhite hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio of the red cave.GWYN - This is the Welsh for "white"
Saint Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio of the red cave.GYLL - This comes from the Welsh for "hazel" which is "collen".
Saint Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio of the red cave.
Small Welsh Town, Big Welsh Name: Llanfair...
A small town with a big name: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
A Small Welsh Town with a Big Welsh Name
What's longer: the train you've just hopped off, or the sign at the station telling you where you've arrived? (photo: Raphael Frey)
By Dave Fox
If you ask nicely, the lady at the tourist information office will pronounce the name of her town. "We get asked that about 30 times a day," she told me. Then, patiently, she took a deep breath and recited the correct pronunciation for the longest town name in Europe:
Originally the town had a shorter, easier to pronounce name: Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. In the 1880s, in a joking attempt to attract tourists, a tailor added the rest of the syllables, bringing the total length to 58 letters, including four letter L's in a row.
"What does Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch mean?" I asked the lady at the tourist information office. (Well, OK, what I really said was "What does that thing you just said mean?")
In English it translates to "St. Mary's Church in the hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the red cave."
There's not much to do in "Llanfair PG," as it is listed on most maps, other than buy the T-shirt (available at the tourism office), take pictures of the sign on the train station platform, and pester the tourism office lady to say it again. If you're so inclined you could stop in at the James Pringle Weavers shop, a souvenir superstore next to the train station that caters to big-bus tours — ask nicely and they'll stamp your passport with the village name.
Yes, it's silly, but it's also fun to witness the fuss made over a town name — and, sitting just over the bridge that connects the mainland to the Isle of Anglesey, it's an easy and scenic detour from the castle towns of Caernarfon and Beaumaris,.
Incredibly, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is not the longest town name in the world — Thailand has a town whose name has 163 letters:
So How Do You Pronounce It?
The Welsh language looks daunting to those of us who don't speak it, largely because of its obsession with the letters L and W. But all words are spelled phonetically — pronounced exactly as they are spelled. Once you learn how to pronounce each letter, it's not so bad:
A single Welsh F is pronounced like an English letter V.
A double F (as in the town of Ffestiniog) is pronounced like an English F.
A single L is pronounced like an English L.
A double L (as in Llanfair) is pronounced like an English L, but you blow air out along the sides of your tongue as you say it.
CH is a heavily aspirated H, pronounced with the tongue back in the throat, similar to the German CH.
The letter Y is an "uh" sound unless it is at the end of the word. Then it's an "ee" sound.
In Welsh, W is a vowel with an "oo" sound. The Welsh word for "bus" is "bws" (pronounced "boos"). The word for "beer" is "cwrw" (pronounced "cooroo").
Dave Fox is a veteran Rick Steves tour guide; find more of his travel and humor writing at globejotting.com.
How Do You Pronounce Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
This is a real name of a real town and also amazing.
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Weatherman pronounces a seemingly impossible town name on live TV
Julia Calderone Sep 10, 2015, 12:59 PM
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The first sentence of this article looks like a cat walked all over my computer, right? Wrong. That's the name of a town on the island of Anglesey in North Wales in the UK, which had an impressively warm day compared to the rest of the UK on September 9.
According to Channel 4 News, the town had one of the highest temperatures in the country — at about 67 Fahrenheit (21 degrees centigrade) compared to London's 54F (12C). Positively balmy!
In the video below, the most impressive weather man ever, Channel 4's Liam Dutton, completely nailed the pronunciation of this insane town on live TV without even a flinch:
The name of the town, according to Wikipedia, translates in English to, "St. Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool of llantysilio of the red cave." It's the longest town name in Europe at a whopping 58 letters. Even the letter "l" appears four times in a row.
According to ricksteves.com, though, it's not the longest name in the world. That record goes to the Thai name of Bangkok in Thailand, which is 163 letters:
Apparently the town was originally called, "Llanfairpwllgwyngyll," a decidedly shorter but still intimidating string of letters. But in the 1880's the town decided to change it to "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch" in a humorous attempt to attract more tourists. In effect, its name is a big, fat publicity stunt.
And it's worked. There are plenty of YouTube videos of people hilariously trying to pronounce the name. It's not even the first weird weather the U.K. has seen this year. In July London recorded its hottest day ever at more than 98F (36.7 C).
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