Writing about your area

In this section, you are going to give information about your area. So, first things first:

Ble wyt ti'n byw? – Where do you live?

  • Dw i'n byw ym Mangor. – I live in Bangor.
  • Dw i'n byw yng Nghaerdydd. – I live in Cardiff.
  • Dw i'n byw ym Mhwllheli. – I live in Pwllheli.

You will notice that the first letter of the place names – Bangor, Caerdydd and Pwllheli – has changed after yn.

Look at Mutations: soft, nasal, aspirate for more information about the nasal mutation.

So, how would you answer the question: Ble wyt ti'n byw?

What kind of area is it?

To describe your area, you need to know some adjectives in Welsh, eg:

WelshEnglish
mawrbig
bachsmall
cyfleusconvenient
tawelquiet
swnllydnoisy
prysurbusy
hyfrydlovely
harddbeautiful
hyllugly

Read the following paragraphs written by Sam and Lyn.

Sam ydw i a dw i'n byw ym Mangor, yng ngogledd Cymru. Mae Bangor yn hyfryd. Mae pwll nofio, castell, pier, prifysgol a llawer o siopau da yma. Mae'r ardal yn hardd. Dw i'n hoffi byw ym Mangor achos mae'n gyfleus iawn.

Lyn ydw i a dw i'n byw yn Nhrefdraeth, yng Ngorllewin Cymru. Mae Trefdraeth yn dawel yn y gaeaf ond mae'n brysur iawn yn yr haf achos mae traeth ardderchog yma ac mae twristiaid yn hoffi dod yma. Dw i'n hoffi byw yn Nhrefdraeth achos mae'n hyfryd iawn – a dw i'n hoffi mynd i'r traeth.

Question

Find the adjectives or describing words in these paragraphs.

  • hyfryd
  • da
  • hardd
  • gyfleus
  • dawel
  • brysur
  • ardderchog

Notice how the first letter of some of these adjectives has changed after yn. Look at Mutations: soft, nasal, aspirate for more information.

If you want to refer to the facilities in your area, use this expression:

Mae ___ yn ___.

Look again at the two short paragraphs to see how this pattern is used.

Does dim...

If you want to say what isn't in your area, use the negative form:

  • Does dim _____ yn _____. – There isn't/aren't _____ in ____.
  • Does dim sinema yn _____. – There's no cinema in _____.
  • Does dim digon o gyfleusterau. – There aren't enough facilities.
  • Does dim llawer o bethau i bobl ifanc. – There aren't many things for young people.
  • Does dim byd i wneud yma. – There isn't anything to do here./There's nothing to do here.

You may want to say how you would like to improve the area.

The key expression is Hoffwn i… (I would like…) but remember to use the soft mutation immediately after this expression. Look at Mutations: soft, nasal, aspirate for more information.

Hoffwn i gael mwy o gyfleusterau i bobl ifanc yn fy ardal. Hoffwn i gael… – I would like to have more facilities for young people in my area. I would like to have…

Exercise

Map showing various locations within an area: Bank, Food shop, Leisure centre, Football playing field, Chapel, School, Hotel.

Look at this street map. Write a piece giving information about the area, eg:

  • what is there in the area
  • what isn't in the area
  • how to improve the area