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Dictionary of Welsh and English Idiomatic Phrases

This dictionary, containing some 12,000 Welsh and English idiomatic phrases, has already proved its worth to Welsh speakers and learners.
The phrases included range from those which are true idioms in both languages and cannot be translated literally--such as chwerthin yn ei dwrn: to laugh up her sleeve--to those where only the use of a perposition is different or peculiar--such as ammeidio ar rywun: to beckon to someone.  Many of the other phrases contain a peculiarity of vocabulary; word order or tense, which means that they cannot be translated word for word.
An important aim of this dictionary is to help those learning Welsh to make the difficult transition from idiomatic usage in English to idiomatic usage in Welsh, and it has quickly earned its place as an invaluable tool in that learning process.  However, there is little doubt that is also of great value to many whose first language is Welsh and to those who are studying in universities, colleges and Welsh-medium schools.

299 pages | 8 1/10 x 5 4/5 | © 2001

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“ . . . a representative compilation on notably sound foundations . . . the most comprehensive and most thorough dictionary of its type currently available . . . a reference work and learning tool which will be of great value to all students of Welsh at all levels, to translators, and to first-language Welsh speakers wishing to improve their command of both languages . . . essential stock, to all academic, reference and lending libraries in Wales, and to libraries anywhere with an interest in Wales, Celtic Studies, Linguistics.” –Reference Reviews

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“. . . Cownie’s compilation contains around 12,000 Welsh and English idiomatic phrases and is likely to prove invaluable to Welsh speakers and learners . . . a dictionary that will enable speakers of all abilities to add flavour and depth to their speech.” –South Wales Argus

South Wales Argus

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