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10 BEAUTIFUL BRETON WORDS AND PHRASES

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Last Updated on 2nd May 2017 by Sophie Nadeau

Although French is the only official language of France, many other languages are commonly spoken in the hexagon, including Breton. Breton is a Celtic language (like Irish, Welsh, Cornish, Scottish Gaelic and Manx (from the Isle of Man)) originating in Brittany, Northern France. It’s a language in decline with only around 250,000 speakers around today (in the 20th Century there were estimated to be as many as a million speakers). Oh, and that’s not forgetting that there are dozens of beautiful Breton words and phrases!

Today, it’s estimated that around 5% of schools in Brittany are bilingual (French and Breton). Although Breton is spoken throughout the entire region of Brittany, it is mainly found in the upper part.

Planning to visit Brittany? Here’s a beginner’s guide to Breton words and phrases:

Demat 

Hello

In any language, hello is probably the best place to start!

‘x’ eo ma anv

My name is ‘x’

Because, after hello, you’re going to want to introduce yourself…

Komz a rit saozneg ?

Do you speak English?

Despite the fact that Breton comes from Brittany, the majority of people in Brittany speak French- the only official language of France. Many people will speak English as well.

Breizh

Brittany

Brittany in English sounds very much like Britain (as in Great Britain/ UK) because in Roman times, it was called Brittania Minor to distinguish it from Britannia Major- or, Great Britain in English today. The continental landmass was given a similar name to its’ island counterpart because both areas were inhabited  by Celtic people.

Pelec’h emaomp ?

Where are we?

I’d say that this is very useful if you’re planning to visit the French countryside!

Fest-deiz

Daytime festival

If you ever see a sign with fest-deiz or fest-noz (nighttime festival), then make sure you head in that direction! There are festivals celebrating culture, music, food and more throughout the region at all times during the year.

Yec’hed mat!

Cheers!

In case you want to say cheers with your drinks during that festival you’re visiting…

Penaos e vez lavaret se e brezhoneg ?

How do you say that in Breton?

How are you going to learn more Breton if you don’t know how to ask?

Beaj vat !

Have a nice trip!/ Bon Voyage 

Because adventure is always out there!

Ur yezh hepken n’eo ket a-walc’h

One language isn’t enough.

Has a phrase ever been truer? The more languages you speak, the more people you’ll be able to communicate with.

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Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs solosophie.com when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!

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