Phonetics
Pronouncing Welsh Place Names

Pronouncing Welsh Place names

I have added below various place names used in the three Drake novels Brass In Pocket, Worse Than Dead and Against the Tide. Although Welsh is a phonetic language where every letter is pronounced. The language has no hidden letters or examples where letters are not pronounced so it should straightforward! I know from my feeble attempts to learn French years ago that it is never that simple to learn another language. There are lots of 'LL' and 'TH' in Welsh place names so I hope the voice recordings below will help you read the books and hear the place names at the same time.

Brass in Pocket

1. Cwm Llan (pronounced as Coom llan)
2. Llanrwst (pronounced as Llanroost)
3. Llanberis (pronounced as llanberees)
4. Llanddwyn (pronounced as llanthween)
5. Llandudno (pronounced as llandeednoh)
6. Llanfairfechan (pronounced as llanvairvechan)
7. Caernarfon (pronounced as Cairnarvon)
8. Bangor (pronounced as Ban gor)
9. Colwyn (pronounced as colween)

Worse than Dead

Llanddwyn Island
Llandudno
LLanberis
Caernarfon
Bangor
Anglesey
Holyhead
Holyhead

Against the Tide

LLanfairpwll
Llangefni
Llandudno
Llanfairfechan
Caernarfon
Colwyn Bay
Bangor
Pam es i allan nos Sul? Lle fi oedd bod adre