Welsh test for Yan Dhanda

15th October 2019
Yan Dhanda

Swansea City midfielder Yan Dhanda brushed up on his Welsh to help promote Shwmae Su’mae Day.

Held on October 15 each year, Shwmae Su’mae Day is a fun way to share the Welsh language.

Dhanda got in on the act as he was given a lesson by pupils from Penlan-based Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryntawe at the club’s training ground in Fairwood.

He was asked to pronounce words and guess what they meant, while he also took part in a Welsh version of 'Team-mates'.

He was also given the ultimate Welsh test of pronouncing the longest place name in Europe – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – with the help of the pupils.

“Growing up in England, this is the first time I’ve had an opportunity to learn Welsh,” said Dhanda.

“Being able to speak another language is such a valuable skill to have, and I really enjoyed learning some Welsh with the help of the pupils.

“In my time at the club, it is so evident how passionate and proud our supporters are to be Welsh, so it was great for me to learn some of the language and encourage people of all ages to take up.

“It is hard to pronounce words, but I think I did okay for the ultimate beginner. It would take a lot more work for me to be able to hold a conversation in Welsh!”