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The TMA translation of Bryn Celli Ddu is a little lacking, so language experts Sheila Thorn and Jill Evans were approached for help.

Sheila is freshly returned from teaching at Oxford, whilst Jill hails from near the site.

The reply was:

"Well, your email has been circulated and discussed by Jill, her mother, her best friend and a Welsh speaker in the pub and it's Black Grove Hill/Mound.

Your pronunciation was fine. [brin kethlee dhee] The double –ll is pronounced as a cle (i.e. opening your mouth and putting your tongue up to the top of your mouth and blowing air out via your cheeks) and the Ddu is pronounced as thee, but with the tongue kept pressed behind your two front teeth, rather than removed immediately, as when an English person says thee.

Jill has known about that mound all her life, as she's from Llanrwst and often used to go to Anglesea. She loved the photos she found on the Internet."

MartinStraw Posted by MartinStraw
17th March 2010ce

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