The Name Of A Village In Wales Is 58 Letters Long, But Pronouncing It Was No Problem For This Weatherman


September is here and summer heat is fading to cooler autumn days. The changing weather is causing many to turn to their local weatherperson to find out what Mother Nature has in store.

Liam Dutton, a weatherman for Channel 4 News, recently went on the air in order to recap the seasonal weather of the UK.


One location in particular gave many viewers pause.

Wait ... it's 21 degrees Celsius WHERE?!?!

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is a village in Wales with a population of about 3,000. It has one of the longest names of a city in the world. (The winner goes to the full name of Bangkok, which is more than 100 letters long.)

It would have been easy for Dutton to merely point to the long name (or choose a different town to reference altogether) instead he decided to go for it and say the name in its entirety.

The result? He crushed it.

He didn't stumble on a single syllable in the 58-letter-long name, to the amazement of everyone watching.

Listen to Dutton totally nail it without breaking a sweat:

The town's name means "The Church Of Mary In The Hollow Of The White Hazel Near The Fierce Whirlpool And The Church Of Tysilio By The Red Cave." It's a mouthful in Welsh and it would appear to be pretty bad in English, too. 

However, there is a way to learn how to say this seemingly impossible name.

How do you eat an elephant?

One bite at a time. 

Learning to pronounce Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch needs to be done bit by bit as well. The most basic thing to remember is that Welsh includes a lot of guttural sounds that may be difficult for native English speakers to make the first few times. 

Here's a folk song that helps you sing the name of the town, making easy work out of pronouncing it:

Easy peasy.

[H/T: Huffington Post]

[Images via: Channel 4 News]


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