Dad creates a Welsh language version of the popular word puzzle Wordle

A man has created a Welsh language version of Wordle in order to improve his use of the language.

Laine Skinner, who is a web developer from Powys, decided to launch the app and website in an attempt to get his kids speaking Welsh at home.

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

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

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

“My sons are Welsh-speaking, but I’m not,” he said.

“I have been for a few Welsh lessons along the years but my new year’s resolution for 2022 has been to learn the language properly. My sons received all their education in Welsh, but there isn’t much Welsh speaking happening at home.

“Wordle has attracted a lot of interest recently, the brains behind the game is Welsh – which I find really interesting, and I thought with my background in software I could create something that would get my sons and the family involved all through the medium of Welsh.”

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

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

However, in Cyrdle players have five guesses before being timed out and the letters go by the Welsh-language alphabet.

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

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

“My sons, Brychan and Aneurin, are really interested in word puzzles and games, so this is very much for them.

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

“If it can provide a fraction of happiness in people’s lives and a good small distraction from what’s going on in the real world – then I have done my job. I hope more people across Wales and further afield will give it a try and enjoy it as much as we do as a family.”

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