Cymraeg (Welsh)

Photo by Matt Holland on Unsplash
Photo by Matt Holland on Unsplash

Welsh is a member of the Brittonic branch of the Celtic languages. It is spoken natively in Wales, by few in England, and in Y Wladfa (the Welsh colony in Chubut Province, Argentina). The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 gave the Welsh language official status in Wales, making it the only language that is de jure official in any part of the United Kingdom, with English being de facto official. Thus, official documents and procedures require Welsh and English to be given equality in the conduct of the proceedings of the National Assembly for Wales.

Native Speakers: 700,000

Region: Wales, England, Argentina

Writing System: Latin script

Language Family: Indo-European, Celtic, Insular Celtic, Brittonic, Western, Welsh

Basic Phrases in Welsh

Hello helo
Goodbye hwyl fawr
Yes ie
No dim
Excuse me… Esgusodwch fi
Please os gwelwch yn dda
Thank you diolch