I’ve lived in South Wales for over 5 years, but there are still some things I don’t understand.  I’m from North Wales, and of course there’s a bit of rivalry between us from the North and the locals of South Wales.  Today I’m going to tell you what still confuses me as a Northerner living in South Wales.  Disclaimer: I absolutely love living in South Wales and this post is just for fun.

Where you to? Are you baaaaad? I do be going to the hairdressers tomorrow

These are just some local phrases which still puzzle me.  There have been some embarrassing moments when I’ve had to say to someone, “I’m sorry but I don’t understand what that means”, even though we’re both speaking English.

Asking me which service station is my favourite en route to North Wales

When I say that I’m going to visit my parents in North Wales, a question I’m often asked is where I stop on the journey, and do I have a favourite services.  Contrary to popular belief, there are no services on the road to North Wales, in fact there’s no motorway.  There’s only the A470, an often twisty, single carriageway that requires a pre-packed lunch as refreshment and the toilet is a field.

Thinking North Wales is two hours away from Cardiff

Similarly to the above, North Wales is a lot further away from South Wales than you think.  It takes me five hours to drive from one end of Wales to the other, a fact which always produces gasps!

Pronouncing Welsh place names incorrectly

Unsurprisingly, South Wales is full of places and streets with Welsh names.  However, I’ve been caught out many a time by someone giving me a place name, then I try to Google it as I heard it and can’t find the place at all… Turns out it’s spelled completely differently to how I heard it!  Also, I’ve learnt the hard way that it’s really not the done thing to say ‘Llandaf’ instead of ‘Landaff’ if I don’t want to be a social pariah.

Asking me if I’m Spanish or Italian

It must be to do with my name, but I’ve been asked many times if I’m European.  Would I be this pale if I was?! Nope, I’m Welsh like you.

Rugby V Football

When I was growing up, it felt like football was the big sporting obsession and not many people were interested in rugby.  How different it is in South Wales!  Everything in Cardiff comes grinding to a halt on rugby match days, but when Wales plays football, a lot of people don’t even bother to watch.  When I have told anyone that I prefer football to rugby, they look at me as though I’m an alien!

Can you relate to any of these?

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  • Gwennan Rees

    Llinos this post had me absolutely weeping with laughter – the phrases in the first one I can imagine saying in my own accent (although I don’t think I’ve ever said the last one) I definitely found the same thing in points 2 and 3 being from South Wales and moving North for uni. People definitely didn’t think home was so far away for me when I was in uni, my brother was in uni in England and his travel time was half mine! Also my friends in South Wales thought my uni wasn’t very far away, one of them even thought it was lower down than Birmingham! FYI my favourite service station is at Dobbie’s in Shrewsbury 😉 …….

  • Aw I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I may have timed this post for when I was advertising with you haha!

  • RosieBaillie

    This post tickled me so much. I can definitely relate to the service station one. Before we moved up to Edinburgh, everyone was always like “oh, where do you stop on the way?” and for some reason one side of my family loves a particular service station and HAS to stop there every time they go up to Scotland.

  • I didn’t even realise that a favourite service station was a thing until I was inundated with this question! They all look the same to me.

  • This post taught me a lot of things that I just didn’t know about Wales! Especially there not being a motorway from north to south, whaaat? I can’t believe the journeys take you five hours! Some of the southern Welsh phrases you’ve included here would definitely baffle me as well haha!

    Abbey 🌟 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  • RosieBaillie

    I know, it seems like such a bizarre thing to get excited about doesn’t it? They do all look the same! They’re all dreary, and have stupid layouts where you can’t get to the toilets for food queues.

  • Yes! If toilets were better located I’d feel more inclined to spend money there.

  • The road is a major bugbear for many in Wales! With better transport links I could shave a good hour and a half off the journey I’m sure. Driving at 30mph behind a lorry would be in the past.

  • Food & Baker

    Hahaha the phrases in the beginning, I don’t even know what they mean but oh how I understand the not understanding different city ways. James lives near Chester and it took me a while to understand why they have missing words that make a sentence haha

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

  • Why are you expected to know these things haha

  • Lifethrough Tsg

    Hahaha this post made me giggle! I’ve never been to wales, but these things do sound super puzzling! The favourite service station thing is very strange indeed!
    Hayley X
    Lifethroughtsg.com

  • Yay I am so glad they’re puzzling to someone else!