Dwy Iaith, Dwy Ffenest

Enlarge the video to follow the music. The Welsh lyrics are first followed by the English lyrics at 2 mins in.

Yn fy mhen y mae dwy ffenest 

i weld y byd yn well, 

drwy’r naill rwy’n gweld montañas, 

drwy’r llall y moroedd pell. 

 

Drwy un rwy’n cyfri’r blodau 

gan ddweud ‘un, dau, tri’, o hyd, 

drwy’r llall rwy’n cyfri’r adar 

sy’n uno, dos, tres, uwch y byd. 

 

Rwy’n agor un a gweiddi: 

‘Helo ’na! Sut wyt ti?’ 

O’r llall rwy’n mentro holi: 

‘¿Tienes algo para mi?’ 

 

At y naill fe ddaw mis amigos 

â’u sonrisas yn chwerthin iach, 

at y llall daw’r straeon doniol 

gan griw o ffrindiau bach. 

 

A rhwng y ddwy rwy’n gwybod 

mod i’n gyfoethog iawn – 

mae gen i ddau o bopeth, 

mae ’myd i gyd yn llawn!' 

In my head I have two windows 

through which I watch the world, 

from one I see a pájaro, 

from the other just a bird. 

 

Through one I count the flowers 

by chanting ‘one, two, three’, 

through the other I count the meadows 

with ‘uno, dos, tres’ – do you see?

 

I open one and listen 

to the voice of a leaf on a tree, 

then the wind asks through the other 

‘¿Cantas algo para mi?’ 

 

To one I call mis amigos, 

they come with sonrisas and smiles, 

to the other I call for stories 

that travel many miles. 

 

And thanks to these two windows 

I’m richer than any king – 

my world is overflowing, 

I have two of everything! 

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Objective: To inspire language learning

Two Windows is a song written especially for the Cerdd Iaith project. Sung in English and in Welsh, it talks about the amazing opportunities afforded by language learning. Each verse has the same melody, but can be sung in a round.

What you need to do:

Look at one language at a time. Learn each verse one by one. When learners are confident, try singing all the way through. The next stage is to split the group into two and have one group start singing the English verses. After four bars, the second group start singing the Welsh lyrics from the beginning.