15 Things Only Welsh People Studying in England Will Understand
As a Welsh student studying in England, there are some things that only you can understand.
1. Your flatmates can’t differentiate between your pronunciation of ‘year’, ‘here’ and ‘ear’.
2. And you are relentlessly mocked for your pronunciation of words such as ‘tooth’ and ‘saucepan’.
3. The crippling sense of shame if you have to admit you can’t actually speak Welsh.
4. Or the dread of being asked to teach everyone how to speak it if you can.
5. If you’re not from Cardiff or The Valleys, people generally have no idea where you’re from.
And they often assume that all the Pontys are the same place.
6. When people seriously misjudge the size of Wales and assume that you know all the Welsh people. Every single one of them.
“Do you know my mate John? He lives in Llanelli? You know, John Jones?”
7. You’ll never understand why everyone thinks public transport is unreliable in England. Compared to Wales, it’s almost too reliable.
Stop being so ungrateful.
8. And you’ll also never get used to the weird looks people give you whenever you call the bus driver ‘Drive’.
9. Having to pay a small fortune on the Severn Bridge whenever you want to go back home.
10. And wishing people would understand that when you refer to someone as ‘good boy’ or ‘good girl’ they definitely haven’t been good.
11. Being able to pronounce ‘Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch’ is your party trick and you’re secretly excited whenever someone asks you to say it.
12. Having to watch the rugby away from home and feeling like you need to tone down your Welsh pride. Not that you do, though.
13. Being told that your accent has gotten stronger after you’ve been home for a bit.
14. As well as whenever you run into another Welsh person at uni.
Let’s be lush together.