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1. Posted by jagroves (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

I'm thinking about Cardiff for my year outside of the states to study abroad. Obviously the Uni is the reason I'm going but I've also heard Cardiff is one hell of a night out. On top of that, having alot of sports going on doesn't make it look too bad either. Any thoughts on Cardiff or Wales in general?

2. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Cardiff or Wales in General? It's a bit like saying New Orleans or the USA in General.
Cardiff as a city is a great place and yes, you are right it has a great night life. Wales in general though can be quite different, from rolling hills, beautiful beaches, a language you will do well to understand (Welcome to Wales = 'Croeso i Cymru') and a nation of die hard music lovers. Not just the traditional male voice choirs either. Try a night club in Wrexham. There's nothing like it anywhere else in Britain.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 7y

Based on the grand total of three days that I have spent in Cardiff, I thought it was quite cool. Obviously it is a big uni town, but it seemed big enough to that it wasn't overwhelmed by that (I thought), which means you have other types of crowds around. That gives a good diversity of nightlife options. The bay is nice, and there is a decent walking / biking path all the way around if you wanted. The Millennium Stadium obviously draws in a lot of big sporting and concert events, so you'll have a good choice there. I also think there are a bunch of small theatres and music venues.

The weather was gorgeous when I was there, but I am lead to believe that it can, in fact, be quite wet.

4. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quoting GregW

The weather was gorgeous when I was there, but I am lead to believe that it can, in fact, be quite wet.

The weather in S. Wales is generally the same as North Devon and Cornwall.. Quite Unpredictable and wet as mentioned by GregW and it has above the average UK rainfall.

5. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

You have missed this years university intake.
Cardiff is a party town, plenty of hen nights fuelled by cheap drink, it could take its toll.

6. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Quoting BedouinLeo

a language you will do well to understand (Welcome to Wales = 'Croeso i Cymru')

I believe it's "Croeso i Gymru" - the C of Cymru changes to G due to a mutation (mutations being one of the major things making Welsh difficult to learn for English speakers!!)

An f sounds like an English v, ff sounds like an English f, and then you get onto the fun pronounciations of ch and ll (two L's). Ll is considered a single character - there are 28 letters in the welsh alphabet, including ch, dd, ff, ng, ll, ph, rh, and th.

Certain places in Wales are interesting to try and say - e.g. Llangollen, Llanelli - there's a lot of places beginning with Llan as that means village or church.

You will hear some Welsh spoken in Cardiff, but not as much as in the north (particularly northwest).

7. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quoting mojorob

Quoting BedouinLeo

a language you will do well to understand (Welcome to Wales = 'Croeso i Cymru')

I believe it's "Croeso i Gymru" - the C of Cymru changes to G due to a mutation (mutations being one of the major things making Welsh difficult to learn for English speakers!!)

An f sounds like an English v, ff sounds like an English f, and then you get onto the fun pronounciations of ch and ll (two L's). Ll is considered a single character - there are 28 letters in the welsh alphabet, including ch, dd, ff, ng, ll, ph, rh, and th.

Certain places in Wales are interesting to try and say - e.g. Llangollen, Llanelli - there's a lot of places beginning with Llan as that means village or church.

Partly right, then again partly well erm..
Crossing the border along the A55 Expressway from Cheshire into Flintshire, it is 'Croeso i Cymru.'
Crossing from Cheshire into the County of Wrexham, it is 'Croeso i Gymru'.
Crossing from Hereford and Worcester into Powys, it is 'Croeso y Gymru'.
There are also several variations of the Welsh alphabet too.
The letters 'Llan' do indeed often refer to the word church (then again 'Eglwys' also means church), but in fact it originally meant enclosure.
The word 'Betws' also refers to a prayer house or small church.
Interesting fact (perhaps I'll also post it on 'Fact of the Day').. There are more Welsh speaking people per head of population in Wales with surname Jones, than there are English speaking people in England with the surname Smith. Yet there is no letter 'J' in the Welsh alphabet !
2 nice words to get your tongue round.. Caergwrle and Bwlchgwyn. Have fun.

8. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Yes, I'm aware that there is a "difference of opinion" with some road signs! Welsh is much more a spoken language than a written one, hence the mutations which was the point I was making. The mutations are there to make combinations of words easier to say. There are also some quite noticeable differences between the Welsh spoken in the north and that in the south (moreso than with English in England in the north and south).

Caergwrle is another good one to try and say, I'd agree. When I was living in north Wales I went to Caergwrle a number of times and know a couple of people there!

9. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 7y

it's a nice place.... but i wouldnt live there for long, nice to visit, but not to live for long term. to study is ok....