There is no road sign I find more comforting than the one that straddles the border at every point between England and Wales. Those simple words – Croeso i Gymru or Welcome to Wales in English – are a sweet reminder that home is less than a couple of hours away! 🙂
The phrase Croeso i Gymru is made up of three parts:
Croeso (welcome) + i (the preposition ‘to’) + Cymru (the Welsh word for Wales)
The reason Cymru becomes Gymru is because the preposition ‘i‘ causes certain nouns to mutate. In this case, the ‘c‘ in Cymru mutates to ‘g‘ to become Gymru.
Below you can hear the pronunciation of Croeso i Gymru. (I know, I don’t sound like a native Welsh speaker – please forgive me! 🙂 )