Children's Books in Welsh

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Children's Books in Welsh

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1KatsBooks
Feb 6, 2008, 12:17am

Hi, I'm trying to learn some Welsh (my grandmother came to the USA from Wales at age 17) and I thought maybe working with Welsh children's books would be a way to go. Does anyone know of any simple books I could seek out? Thanks!
Katharine

2Gwendydd
Feb 6, 2008, 12:42am

Your best bet is to browse the website of Gomer Press (http://www.gomer.co.uk/). They are a big publisher in Wales, and they have a lot of biligual books for adults and for children. I think they ship to the US with no problems (as long as you don't mind the wait).

3KatsBooks
Feb 6, 2008, 12:57pm

I'll check it out. Diolch!

4gwernin
Mar 7, 2008, 10:13pm

My experience is that children's books are not actually a particularly good place to start because even though the vocabulary they use is not extensive, they assume much more knowledge of grammar and idioms than beginning learners will have.

On the other hand, there are a number of adequate teach-yourself type books around; there is learner's material on the bbc.wales website; and if you're interested in a one-week intensive course in July, there's Cymdeithas Madog ( http://www.madog.org/ ). They're holding it in Iowa this year.

5cuffindell
Mar 9, 2008, 5:33pm

You can also browse Powell's Books Welsh foreign language section and the children's foreign language section for titles. Here are the links:

http://www.powells.com/subsection/ForeignLanguagesWelsh.html

http://www.powells.com/subsection/ChildrensForeignLanguageOther.html

6KatsBooks
Jul 4, 2008, 11:56pm

Gwernin, I attended their 1 week intensive course when it was in Albany, NY last summer - a fun adventure, but I'm not traveling to Iowa to do it this summer. Have you attended it?

7gwernin
Jul 7, 2008, 11:03am

Yes, several times. I'm currently going on alternate years, since I have something else I also like to attend that falls about the same time. It's a really great course, and I always learn something new.

Which level were you on?

8KatsBooks
Jul 8, 2008, 7:57pm

I was on level two last year; it was my first time.
This summer I've opted to go to a science and religion conference on "emergence" instead ....