July 13, 2020 2 min read

Welsh for Hello

The word "hello" and "How are you" are greetings that are used in everyday life when you meet someone for the first time or you meet friends. This covers the questions "What is Welsh for Hello"? and What is Welsh for "Hello, how are you"?

  1. Helô/Hylô - Hello and can be used as formal and informal greetings.
  2. Sut mae (North Wales) or Shwmae (South/West Wales) - Literally meaning "how is it", they are used in everyday life as a standard greeting alongside the more informal "Helô" when you meet someone.
  3. Haia - very informal greeting that can be heard all over Wales. It is identical to the English hiya.
  4. Ti'n iawn? - very similar to the English "Alright".
  5. Helô/Hylô, sut mae - Hello, how are you
Welsh for hello - Shwmae, sut mae

Two people meeting for a coffee and saying "hello - shwmae"

In addition to these greetings, in common use are the greetings, Bore da, (Good Morning), Prynhawn Da (Good Afternoon) and Noswaith Dda (Good Evening) etc. 

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You may be interested to know that the top question asked of us is, "what does Cwtch, cwtches or cwtching mean"? (Cwtch is pronounced as in "butch" in English). Perhaps literally, it means to cuddle or to hug and in that regard there is a saying, "anyone can cuddle but only the Welsh can cwtch". It does have another meaning is a cubbyhole or cupboard; a small space in which to store things safely, such as an under stairs cupboard. Often heard, "give me a cwtch", or "they are cwtching", it should make anybody feel safe, warm and comforted.

About FelinFach

Our company, FelinFach Natural Textiles is located in the heart of the Preseli area of Pembrokeshire near to Boncath. We design Welsh blankets and the iconic Welsh Tapestry blankets which are traditionally woven at Welsh mills. We also design and make natural hand dyed yarn, cotton, silk and wool scarves and other handmade products, all available in our yarn store and shop. We also offer Welsh tartansSheepskin Rugs, Gift Cards and tools and books for crafters and knitters in our yarn store - Cocoknits, Laine, Amirisu and Making to name a few! Lastly, craft courses on hand dyeing with 100% natural dyes in the purpose designed FelinFach Dye Studio. We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for Wool, All Things Wales and Global Welsh.

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