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David Jandrell’s Monthly Column: Communication Problems

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David Jandrell Grumpy Old Valleys Men

Welcome to a monthly series of exclusive articles by Welsh Valleys Humour author David Jandrell.  In it he explores frustrations with modern life, all recounted through his unique humour and Valleys dialiect… November 2018: Communication Problems I’m very good at answering questions, as they are put. I can give someone an instant answer to their question, and my answer will be logical, well thought out and accurate. The trouble is, very often when I have responded, I am aware that I may be slightly ‘out of sync’ with the questioner…

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Welsh Whisperer: Ffyrdd y Wlad

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Welsh Whisperer- Ffyrdd y Wlad

Mae’r Welsh Whisperer wedi bod yn teithio Cymru bron yn ddi-dor yn y blynyddoedd diweddar ac wedi denu cefnogwyr ffyddlon o bob oed ym mhob rhan o’r wlad, ond beth yw’r stori tu ôl ei fywyd unigryw ar ffyrdd y wlad yng Nghymru? Yn ei lyfr cyntaf, Ffyrdd y Wlad, mae’n cyflywno hanes rhai o’i helyntion wrth lenwi neuaddau rhai o gymunedau mwyaf anghysbell y wlad yn ogystal â gwisgo cordyn bêl fel belt yng nghanol ein trefi a dinasoedd wrth ddenu digon o sylw wrth wneud! The Welsh Whisperer…

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Ffwrnes Pizza: Taith o Lanelli i Naples / A Trip From Llanelli to Naples

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Ffwrnes Pizza- A Trip From Llanelli to Naples

Mae’r enwau Franco Taruschio, Michela Chiappa, Sidoli, Joe’s a Giovanni oll yn adlewyrchu treftadaeth bwyd Eidaleg gwych yng Nghymru, ond pan ddaw i Pizza, mae dau o fechgyn Sir Gaerfyrddin, Jez ac Ieuan, yn creu gwir flas yr Eidal allan o fan Piaggio tair-olwyn draddodiadol. Maent wedi cyrraedd y brig yn y Gwobrau Eidalaidd Cymru cyntaf, ac ym mis Ebrill gwnaethon nhw gymryd rhan ym Mhencampwriaeth Pizza y Byd yn Parma. Yma, maen nhw’n siarad am eu taith i Napoli i ddysgu am wneud pizza gwreiddol… The names of Franco…

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David Jandrell: Welsh Valleys Q&A

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Nigel Morgan Heol y Cwm

After the popularity of David Jandrell’s earlier articles (Introducing The Welsh Valleys Phrasebook, How I Became an Author & ‘What’s On In Cwmcarn’ newsletter- Legacy Edition), he has kindly returned to answer questions from the parallel.cymru readership. It’s clear when you hear Valleys English that a lot of it has been informed and has its roots from a time when Welsh was the first language of the Valleys: e.g “Now in a minute” being a perfectly valid and correct sounding sentence in Welsh “Nawr, mewn munud”. Why is it, in…

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David Jandrell’s first ‘What’s On In Cwmcarn’ newsletter- Legacy Edition

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What’s On In Cwmcarn

This is a digital reproduction of the very first Whats On In Cwmcarn newsletter, which began to document David Jandrell’s love of Valleyspeak, and later became the book Cwmtwp: Gossip From the Valleys and led to the Welsh Valleys Phrasebook and Welsh Valleys Humour.  Sit back and enjoy this reproduction, or legacy editition, as introduced by the discoverer of the newsletter in its Cwmtwp format… Personal log of Professor Nigel Jones, University of Northern Hemisphere, 26th April 2425. “I was intrigued to be given access to an artefact known as…

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Welsh Valleys’ David Jandrell: How I Became an Author

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David Jandrell- How I Became an Author

In truth, the only reason that I became an author is entirely due to the support and encouragement from Ronnie Barker– coupled with a huge fluke. While working for a company in Newport that threw together a workforce from Bristol, Newport, Cardiff, Valleys, Barry and Swansea, I used to write down the sayings that people came out with on my office desk pad. Mainly to remember them, but also to use as ammunition in the constant banter that flew around the place each day. I became known as the scribe…

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David Jandrell: Introducing The Welsh Valleys Phrasebook

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David Jandrell- Welsh Valleys Phrasebook

David Jandrell’s mission in life is documenting the the dialect of the South Wales Valleys (also known as Wenglish), and sharing his love of phrases such ‘Tidy’, ‘Butt’, ‘Now in a minute’ and ‘Cwtch’ with the wider world.  Here he introduces Valleys English, gives a sample of popular phrases and explanations from Welsh Valleys Phrasebook and then recounts his story of developing an interest in documenting this dialect… Skip to: Sample Glossary / My life through Valleys English The Welsh Valleys Phrasebook A first visitor to Wales will almost certainly…

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