Dad creates Welsh-language version of popular word game Wordle

A man created a Welsh-language version of Wordle to improve his use of the language.

Laine Skinner, who is a web developer from Powys, decided to launch the app and website with the aim of getting her children speaking Welsh at home.

It comes after online word puzzle Wordle, which was created by Welsh-born software engineer Josh Wardle, has seen a meteoric rise in recent weeks.

Laine’s Welsh version of the app is called Cyrdle, which is a variant of Cymraeg (Welsh) and Wordle, and launched this week.

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He hopes Cyrdle can bring families and friends together and spark interest in word puzzles, just like the original game.

“My sons speak Welsh, but I don’t,” he said.

“I’ve taken a few Welsh lessons over the years, but my New Year’s resolution for 2022 has been to learn the language properly. My sons have had all of their education in Welsh, but there aren’t many Welsh at home.

“Wordle has had a lot of interest recently, the mastermind behind the game is Welsh – which I find really interesting, and I thought with my software experience I could create something that would involve my sons and family throughout Welsh.”

Laine Skinner with her 14-year-old son, Aneurin, playing their Welsh-language version of the word puzzle game, which is called Cyrdle

Like the English version, the game challenges players to guess a five-letter word. It then tells you if any of the letters are in the secret word and if they are in the correct order.

However, in Cyrdle players have five guesses before being timed and the letters follow the Welsh alphabet.

So far, Laine has received a good response from her friends and family. If successful, Laine hopes to develop the game even further.

“It only launched this week, but the response I’ve gotten from people who have played it so far has been really good,” he explained.

“My sons, Brychan and Aneurin, are really into crosswords and games, so this is definitely for them.

“Cyrdle has the same simple and straightforward layout you would find in Wordle. It’s one word a day and it doesn’t destroy your brain. It has definitely helped me with my Welsh and reignited my interest in learning of the language.

“If it can bring a fraction of the happiness in people’s lives and a nice little distraction from what’s going on in the real world – then I’ve done my job. Hopefully more people across Wales and further will try it and enjoy it as much as we do as a family.”

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