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Are you looking to impress that special Welsh person in your life with a romantic phrase that will knock their socks off? Or perhaps you’re hoping to go bar-cruising in Wales, armed with some powerful one-liners?

Having grown up on the Lleyn Peninsula, the majority of my life unfolded in the Welsh language – so let me help arm you with some useful phrases, whatever your reasons for needing them!

Romantic Things To Say in Welsh

1. Dwi’n dy garu di / Dwi’n caru chdi

Pronunciation*: “Dween duh gar-ee dee / dween kar-ee *ch*tee” (*ch* denotes the Welsh ch sound, explained here). This means “I love you”, and while it might not be what you’re looking for on a first date, it’s certainly a useful one to know later on!

Keep in mind that this uses the “ti” form of you, so is said to someone that you’re on informal terms with. It’s less likely that you’d want the formal – “dwi’n eich caru chi” – unless you’re expressing love to a grandparent, perhaps!

The second version, “Dwi’n caru chdi”, is the more colloquial expression which might be used in ordinary conversation.

*A note on pronunciation guides in English – I really encourage you to try learning Welsh phonetics, as I always cringe inside when I write these out, knowing they will sound very unlike the intended sentence. Welsh has great spelling-to-pronunciation consistency, unlike English, so once you know how something is said – you’ll be able to read a sentence out loud quite easily, even if you have no idea what it means!


2. Ti ydy canwyll fy llygaid

Pronunciation: “Tee uh-dee kan-wi*ll* vuh *ll*ug-ide” (for how to say the Welsh *ll*, see here).

This literally translated to “you’re the candle of my eye” – substitute “candle” for “apple” and you’ll get the idea! This is romantic, but could also be something sweet that a grandparent would say to their grandchild, for example.


3. Rwyt ti’n fy nghwblhau i

Pronunciation: “Roo-it teen vung hoobl-hai ee”. This is a direct translation of “you complete me” – not necessarily something you’d hear every day in Wales, but for film fans, it’s sure to be a winner!

Again, if you did want to use the formal “chi” (which is less likely if declaring your love), you would change the “rwyt ti’n” to “rydych chi’n”.


4. Wnei di fy mhriodi i?

Pronunciation: “Nay dee vum hree-od-i ee?”. This one’s a full-on proposal, and means “will you marry me?”. The word for marry is “priodi”, while “priodas” is a wedding.

You may have heard that Welsh has a lot of ways to say yes and no. If your beloved responds with “gwnaf!” rather than “na wnaf” then you’d better start sending the invites!


5. Dwi eisiau rhannu fy mywyd efo chdi

Pronunciation: “Dwee isho hran-ee vuh muh-wid evo *ch*tee”. This is another sweet one, and it means “I want to spend my life with you”.

There are a few variations on how to say this – if you’re in South Wales, you might substitute “dwi eisiau” for “fi moyn” (vee moin). “Efo chdi” might also become “gyda ti” (gida tee).


6. Dwi’n meddwl amdanat ti drwy’r amser

Pronunciation: “Dween medd-ool am-dan-at tee droo-ir am-ser” (DD makes the “th” sound in “the”).

The line between romantic and creepy can be a fine one to dance, and this phrase is a fine example of that. It means “I think about you all the time”.


7. Ti ydy’r unig un i mi

Pronunciation: “Tee uh-deer in-ig ihn ee mee”. This means “you are the only one for me”. For extra charm, you could add “yn y byd” (uhn uh beed) at the end.


8. Swn i’n hoffi bod yn gariad i ti

Pronunciation: “Sun een hoff-ee board uhn gar-ee-ad ee tee”. This means “I would like to be your boyfriend/girlfriend”. “Cariad” means “love”, and is also used as a wonderfully gender-neutral word for somebody’s romantic partner.


9. Ni alla i fyw hebdda ti

Pronunciation: “Nee a*ll*a ee viw heb-dda tee”. In other words – “I can’t live without you”.


Flirty Things To Say in Welsh

If you’re looking to show off your Welsh skills in a fun and flirtacious way, these next says might help you out.

1. Brifodd o? Pan ddisgynais ti o’r nefoedd?

Pronunciation: “Breev-odd oh? Pan ddis-gun-ice tee ohr nev-oidd?” It’s not original, but surely a classic – “Did it hurt? When you fell from heaven?”.


12. Iawn, del?

Pronunciation: “Yah-oon, del?”. I had to throw this one in here, only because it’s what I actually expect one might hear on a night out in my part of Wales.

It’s a very casual “Alright, love?”, although “del” means pretty and can be used as a term of endearment. Seeing as we were historically known for our bardic traditions, though, I feel we can do better…


3. Ga i brynu diod i ti?

Pronunciation: “Guy brun-ih dee-od ee tee?” This one means “Can I buy you a drink?” – and if you hear the answer “cei” (which sounds like “kay”) then you’ll know it’s a positive.


4. Ti mor ddel / ciwt / neis / lysh!

Pronunciation: “Tee mor ddel / cute / nay-s / lush!” This one was inspired by a scene from Gavin and Stacey, where one character is trying to flirt in his limited Welsh. It simply means “you’re so pretty / cute / nice / lush!” – feel free to substitute with any adjective of your choice.


5. Be ‘di dy enw di? A dy rif ffôn?

Want something a little more direct? Try this. Pronunciation: “Beah dee duh en-oo dee? A duh reev fawn?”. A slightly cheeky: “What’s your name? And your phone number?” Smooth.


6. Dwi’n hoffi chdi / Dwi’n dy hoffi di

Pronunciation: “Dween hoff-ee *ch*ti / Dween duh hoff-ee dee”. This is a nice, simple one – it just means “I like you”.


7. Ga i ymarfer Cymraeg hefo chdi?

Pronunciation: “Guy-ee um-ar-ver come-ra-ig hev-oh *ch*ti?” OK, not necessarily flirty, but “Can I practice Welsh with you?” might be a great opening line.


8. Ti werth y byd i gyd yn grwn

Pronunciation: “Tee werth uh bead ee geed uhn groon”. I saw this on a greetings card – it’s cute, a little romantic, and means “you’re worth the whole wide world” (or, literally translates to the whole round world).


Short Welsh Love Quotes

Looking for a cute quote about love to put on your wall, write on your Instagram or add to your next Valentine’s Card (warning – the Welsh Valentine’s is St Dwynwen’s day on the 25th January). Here are a handful!

1. Cariad pur sydd fel y dur, yn para tra bo dau

Pronunciation: “Kar-ee-ad pir sidd vel uh dir uhn para trah boh dai”. A line from the traditional song “Tra bo Dau” – this one means “It’s pure love that’s like steel, lasting while there are two”.

2. Mae cariad bob amser yn amyneddgar ac yn garedig

Pronunciation: “Mai kar-ee-ad boab am-ser uhn am-uhn-edd-gar ak uhn gar-ed-ig”. This is for the Christians out there – it’s a translation of “Love is always patient and kind”, from St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 13:4–8a). The Bible was translated into Welsh in 1588 and you can read it in entirety here.

3. Ti a Fi Gyda’n Gilydd Am Byth

Pronunciation: “Tee ah vee gidan gil-idd am bith”. This means “You and Me Together Forever” – and could be a cute epigraph or something to put under a photograph. The “Ti a Fi” part means “You and Me”, and “am byth” is “forever”.

4. “Beth Bynnag Ddaw”

Pronunciation: “beth bun-ag dda-oo”. This is part of a longer line: Mi gerddaf gyda thi beth bynnag ddaw, from the traditional song Mi Gerddaf Gyda Thi. It means “I will walk with you, whatever comes” and the “beth bynnag ddaw” part, on its own, means “whatever comes”. This might be a powerful thing to engrave on a wedding ring, for example.

Related Questions:

How Do You Express Love in Welsh?

To express love in Welsh, use the phrase “Dwi’n dy garu di” which means “I love you”. If you wanted to use the formal version of “you”, you would say “dwi’n eich caru chi”. The word “cariad” means “love”.

What is Darling in Welsh?

There may be no exact translation, but are many terms of endearment in Welsh: cariad (love), annwyl (dear), yr aur (literally “the gold”), mêl (honey), del (pretty), mach’i (literally “my small one”, used for women or usually female children), ngwas i (“my boy”, usually used for male children), or blodyn (flower) are just a few.

Gwyneth grew up in a small village on the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales, speaking Welsh and English fluently from a young age. She loves to travel and has taught languages all over the world. Today, Gwyneth teaches Welsh online and she even has her own Welsh YouTube channel to help beginners get started.