A GLOSSARY OF BRETON WORDS

In Morbihan, you will not hear Breton spoken on every street corner, but if you pay attention, you'll notice a few phrases here and there that illustrate how close Brittany is to its language. Road signs, school and town hall facade, musicians and restaurants the Breton language slips into everyday life. Staying in the Mor-Bihan? Congratulations, you already speak Breton!

COMMON BRETON EXPRESSIONS
Demat!: Hello!
Matt Degemer!: Welcome!
Kane!: Goodbye!
Yec' matte hed!: Good health, cheers!
Noz vat!: Good night!
Mat an traou? How are things with you?
Diwall!: Watch out!
Trugarez!: Thank you!
SOME BRETON WORDS
Amann: butter
year Argoat: inside
Arvor: coastline
Bagad: troop
Bara: bread
Bihan: small
Biniou-arm: Highland bagpipes
Biniou-kozh: Breton bagpipes
arm: big
Bre: mount
Breizh: Breton
Bro: country
of: black
Enez: island
fest-NOZ: dance ((night time celebration)
Fest-Deiz : daytime celebration
Gouren: Breton wrestling
Gwenn: white
Gwin: wine
Kastell: castle
Ker: town
Kreiz Kêr: town centre
Korrigan: elf
kouign Amann: cake with butter
Krampouezh: pancakes
Lann: heath gorse or
Mor-arm: the ocean
Mor-Bihan: Little Sea
Plou: parish
Sant: saint
Ti: house
Ti - Kêr : town hall
Ti year douristed: Tourist office
Traou mad: good thing
Tro Breizh: Tour of Brittany
ago: yes
Nann: No.

THE GWENN-HA-DU

The Breton flag: Gwenn-ha-du, the "white and black"
The flag was designed at the beginning of the 20th century and is inspired by the reindeer coat of arms and the USA's star spangled banner. The flag's stripes represent the nine traditional dioceses:
- The four white stripes stand for the Breton speaking (Breizh) dioceses (Trégor, Léon, Cornouaille and Vannes).
-The five black stripes stand for the French speaking (Bertaeyn) dioceses (Dol, Nantes, Rennes, Saint-Malo and Saint-Brieuc).
-The ermine spots (11) symbolizes the inheritance of the Duchy of Brittany.