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1dlweeks
Aug 13, 2007, 1:37pm

I would really love to learn Welsh. I recently discovered I have some Welsh ancestry and am hoping to study at Swansea some time in the future. Are there any tips anyone could give me on where to look to learn Welsh other than the Rosetta Stone stuff?

2Gwendydd
Aug 13, 2007, 5:05pm

There are lots of online Welsh courses and other online resources for learning Welsh.

Here is an online course that has been around for a long time, which will introduce you to the basics: http://www.cs.cf.ac.uk/fun/welsh/Welsh.html

BBC has several online Welsh courses at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/catchphrase/
Some of these are designed for children, and some are audio courses. There are courses for all different levels. It's also fun to go to BBC's Welsh site (http://www.bbc.co.uk/cymru/) and turn on the vocab tool - when you hold your mouse over Welsh words, a little pop-up will translate those words for you. You can also listen to BBC radio through their website, which is a great way to get a sense of how the language sounds.

There are also some good books out there, especially the Teach Yourself Welsh books (which come with audio CDs), and books by Gareth King. I had good luck learning Welsh from a Teach Yourself Welsh book, but I was using an edition published in the 1960s (there are two types of Welsh - literary Welsh, and colloquial Welsh, which are very different. All of the resources I am giving you here are for colloquial Welsh, which is the form most commonly used in conversations, emails, and literature. However, I needed to learn literary Welsh, because it's what is used in scholarly writing, and I'm writing a dissertation that requires me to read a bunch of Welsh scholarship - the Teach Yourself book from the 1960s had literary Welsh).

There are some other good online tools for learners aside from courses. http://www.geiriadur.net/ is an online Welsh dictionary, which is extraordinarily useful. There's also clwb malu cachu at http://www.clwbmalucachu.co.uk/index.htm, which has grammar crib sheets, short stories with easy vocabulary, and other handy tools when you're first getting started. It's also worth looking at http://www.bwrdd-yr-iaith.org.uk/ - the Welsh Language Board - for more resources.

Best of luck!

3dlweeks
Aug 19, 2007, 11:02pm

Awesome, thanks for all of your help.

4jcroft
Nov 1, 2007, 3:08pm

It's great to hear that people still want to learn the language. Da iawn chi!