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Honwyjojames asked me;

What's your favourite holiday you've ever been on or place you've ever been to?

Second rather silly one because my mum asked me and I wasn't sure: how do I pronounce your mum's name in English? I've been saying it like "geet" - am I wrong?¨



I have been on two bus travels to England and Scotland with my parents.
It was the best holidays I´ve ever had.
The first one was England-Scotland-Wales and was 10 days. We moved along every day so we could see the most of the countries.
We visited some of the most amazing places in your country.

As for Wales, just for you, I was fascinated with the slag heaps that we saw as they reminded me and my parents of one of our favorite books “How Green was your Valley” by Richard Llewellyn.
In addition, the fascinating town of “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch” I still not know how to pronounce it ;) We was there and I got a stamp in my passport.

The second vacation was England for 2 days and Scotland for 14 days.

It was the year before my Dad died. We had a wonderful vacation there too.

As for some of my favorite places to be I have to say Edinburgh, I have been to two Castle Tattoos, that are some of the most epic things that Mum, Dad and I have ever been too.
I also went to two book fairs with many different authors there; I have to see Ian Rankin that is one of my favorite authors.

Glencoe is also one of the most fascinating places we had ever been to. It was a place of such history and a place where we felt committed too.
It was the best holidays I´ve ever had...

As for your second question;
Not silly at all, pronouncing names can be tricky in a different language. If you can make it”giit-e” it will be right, but I think “geet” is a good choice.

Hugs

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a_phoenixdragon
Jan. 27th, 2016 09:04 pm (UTC)
*HUGS*
pippii
Jan. 28th, 2016 02:17 pm (UTC)
Hugs♥
honeyjojames
Jan. 28th, 2016 12:04 am (UTC)
Thank you for answering, sweetie! I've never been to Scotland, but it sounds like such a lovely place, I'd love to go! It's so great that you got to have such a nice holiday with your mum and dad not long before he died, it must have left lovely memories!
And don't worry, I don't think anyone knows how to pronounce that super long town name! When I was in school, my Welsh teacher offered extra credit to anyone who could pronounce it properly - everyone failed!

Thanks for the info on your mum's name too! It's not a name I'd ever heard of before your mum so had no idea how to pronounce it, but suspected it was probably different to how I'd say it! (I am terrible at pronouncing things. Truly terrible!)
pippii
Jan. 28th, 2016 02:31 pm (UTC)
You are welcome honey;
I love answering questions, and asking them too, learn more about people.

It is such a beautiful country, so full of history and wonderful nature and old buildings – I love that.
My Dad enjoyed taking Mum and I for the vacations, it was a dream for him too to visit Scotland. I have some amazing memories from the vacations, along with pictures and the journals I wrote on the trips.

LOL, on the first trip, we had a Danish guide named Eva, and she could pronounce it ;) I was so impressed…
However, it make me feel less stupid, that even true Welch people cannot pronounce it properly.

(Can I ask you a question? Do you speak Welch or English with your Mum and friends?)

It is probably not a name used much outside Scandinavia.
Mums given name is Birgit, but was called Gitte from her earliest days. She was only Birgit when she was in trouble ;)
She took the name when she got older being, Gitte Birgit Bjørn.

Hugs ♥
honeyjojames
Jan. 28th, 2016 07:14 pm (UTC)
That's really cool that your mum took her nickname as her proper name! It's a lovely name too!

I'm so glad you all got to visit Scotland together, especially as it was one of your dad's dreams to go. He died far too young but it's so good that he got to go there with you and your mum in the year before he died.

No, we don't speak Welsh. It's not a common language nowadays, in my experience you find only older generations speak it and only really between families, at family gatherings, etc. I think if you went shopping or something and spoke Welsh, you'd have people wondering what was wrong with you! I doubt many youngsters would understand it!
It's only a compulsory subject in schools until the age of 14 when it can be dropped. It's been a long time since I was in school, but the whole of my class couldn't wait to drop Welsh, everyone felt it was a pointless language to learn. I've got an English accent even though I'm Welsh, I was born and raised here, but my whole family are from London originally so I've grown up speaking like them, and I find Welsh words very hard to pronounce!
burned_phoenix
Jan. 28th, 2016 09:24 am (UTC)
That sounds so lovely. Some day I want to see England and Scottland, and Ireland, too. There is so much beautiful stuff to see there :)

I'm glad you have those memories, specially with your dad :)
pippii
Jan. 28th, 2016 02:33 pm (UTC)
Ohhh you should, it is the most wonderful and beautiful countries.

I have such amazing memories and pictures of Dad on those trips, he loved being there with Mum and me.

♥Hugs
jesco0307
Jan. 28th, 2016 02:40 pm (UTC)
I was in Scotland with my parents when I was fifteen. I remember visiting a lot of castles and an equal number of distilleries, lol. But I agree with you, Edinburgh is a wonderful city.
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