‘Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch’ is perhaps the most famous Welsh village name, but it’s not the only one that non-Welsh speakers struggle with.
Presenting duo Ant and Dec have left people making all kinds of attempts to pronounce another location after snapping a photo on their way to the I’m a Celeb filming spot.
The pair once struggled to pronounce Gwrych Castle, which is near Abergele, where the show was filmed last year, 2Chill reports.
And en route to the venue where the show will be filmed for 2021, the presenters stopped off at Mynyddislwyn, which left UK fans pondering the correct pronunciation.
Even Ant and Dec looked baffled – but that may be because they were 176 miles out of their way after taking a wrong turn at Newport.
So here’s all you – and Ant and Dec – need to know about Mynyddislwyn and how to pronounce it like a local with a quick Welsh lesson.
How do you say it?
Don’t stumble at the first hurdle – the ‘y’ in the first part of the word.
It’s pronounced like ‘ugh’.
‘Dd’ in Welsh is classed as its own letter and is pronounced ‘th’.
Another confusion comes with ‘wy’ that makes an ‘oo’.
But let’s make it easy for you – put it all together and you get mun-ith-is-loo-in.
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What does it mean anyway?
Mynydd means mountain in Welsh and the parish is often translated as ‘mountain ash’ or ‘mountain below the grove’.
There is actually a place called Mountain Ash not too far away, so don’t get them mixed up.
Where is it exactly?
Mynyddislwyn is a small parish between Ystrad Mynach and Crumlin and while technically in Monmouthshire, it’s more aligned to Caerphilly.
So people there claim it as theirs, whatever the internet might say.
And what about Gwrych Castle? Any help on how to say that?
According to researcher at Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, Rhŷn Williams, the impressive Welsh castle is in fact pronounced, “Goo-rreech”. He said “the stress on the ‘W’ part is paramount”.
*That’s ‘welcome back’ in Welsh!