Chwilio - To Search , Look For
In the sample sentence above on this page you will observe that the spelling of one word ( dafarn ) differs from the spelling on the relevant Geiriadur listing page ( Tafarn - Pub ). Be not alarmed!
This happens because:-
"Welsh, as with all other Celtic languages, often sees changes made to the beginning of words depending on the word that precedes it, or the role it plays in the sentence. These changes are known as "mutations", of which Welsh has three distinct types. Common situations in which a mutation may occur are when a word follows a preposition, possessive, or number."
The three types of mutation are:-
The three links above will take you to further information about these commonly occurring mutations.
Most Welsh courses and teachers advise students not to worry too much about this at the outset. Fluent speakers will understand you if you forget to mutate a letter. With practice this will come naturally and there is perhaps, no need for beginning learners to make a conscious effort to apply these rules.
However, if you wish to acquaint yourself with the rules early on you could look out for the 'Mutant Alert' notice on the vocabulary pages and use these as an opportunity to refresh your knowledge by checking the above links.
Spot the Mutation: The mutation above is an example of a ........... mutation?
PRESENT TENSE - AFFIRMATIVE
Dwi'n chwilio - I am looking for
Wyt ti'n chwilio - You are looking for (familiar)
Mae e'n chwilio / Mae hi'n chwilio - He / She is looking for
Dyn ni'n chwilio - We are looking for
Dych chi'n chwilio - You (plural) are looking for (also singular formal)
Maen nhw'n chwilio - They are looking for
PRESENT TENSE - NEGATIVE
Dwi ddim yn chwilio - I am not looking for
Dwyt ti ddim yn chwilio - You are not looking for (familiar)
Dydy e ddim yn chwilio / Dydy hi ddim yn chwilio - He / She is not looking for
Dyn ni ddim yn chwilio - We are not looking for
Dych chi ddim yn chwilio - You (plural) are not looking for (also singular formal)
Dyn nhw ddim yn chwilio - They are not looking for
PRESENT TENSE - INTERROGATIVE
Ydw i'n chwilio? - Am I looking for?
Wyt ti'n chwilio? - Are you looking for? (familiar)
Ydy e'n chwilio / Ydy hi'n chwilio? - Is he / Is she looking for?
Ydyn ni'n chwilio? - Are we looking for?
Ydych chi'n chwilio? - Are you (plural) looking for? (also singular formal)
Ydyn nhw'n chwilio? - Are they looking for?
QUESTION - ’NO / YES’ REPLIES
Ydw i'n chwilio? - (Nac) Wyt / (Ydych - formal)
Wyt ti'n chwilio? - (Nac) Ydw
Ydy e'n chwilio / Ydy hi'n chwilio? - (Nac) Ydy
Ydyn ni'n chwilio? - (Nac) Ydyn / Ydych
Ydych chi'n chwilio? - (Nac) Ydyn / (Ydw - formal)
Ydyn nhw'n chwilio? - (Nac) Ydyn
N.B. 'Wyt ti' is the familiar form of the 2nd person and should be used only when addressing close friends, family members and animals. 'Dych chi' is the polite form and should be used in all other instances.