by Mark Nodine <Mark.Nodine@mot.com>.
This course is one suitable for beginners. The main emphasis of the
course is in developing conversational skills in Welsh as it is
currently spoken (as contrasted with teaching the forms needed for
understanding literary Welsh). The material is an indirect descendent
of the Cymraeg Byw movement of the 1960s and 1970s. This course
does not assume a general proficiency in learning languages, nor any
previous background in Welsh. The course is also developed in such a
way that it can be distributed either through an ASCII medium wrapped
as a setext, or made available in HTML on the World Wide Web.
Geraint Jones (Rhydychen) has written answers for
common questions about Welsh and Wales.
This course is still under construction. Please report any problems
to me via e-mail.
One of the recommendations I always make to people who are trying to
learn Welsh on their own is to get Welsh folk music (especially
children's music since it tends to be more simple and repetitious) on
either tapes or CDs and listen to them. Following this recommendation
will have the following benefits:
- You will learn the correct pronunciation for the Welsh sounds by
listening to them (and singing along).
- You will enjoy the music, so it won't seem like you're in the
- The music is readily available from Sain Records.
- You'll also be learning a bit about the Welsh culture in the
process by seeing the kinds of things the Welsh put to music.
- Harry Campbell's excellent resource page, Y Gwybodiadur is
a must visit.
- Hazel Davey also has a list of links at The Welsh Learners Links.
- Cymdeithas Madog, the Welsh Studies Institute of North America, has a
home page that includes pictures of Wales and information about their
annual Cwrs Cymraeg, a week-long intensive Welsh course that is traditionally
held in early August.
- The BBC has a series of Welsh language lessons called Catchphrase.
- CYD is a society to bring Welsh learners and speakers together.
- Information about where Welsh languages courses are taught can be gotten
from the Less Commonly Taught Languages project.
- The University of Wales Lampeter has distance education available
- Information about Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, the authoritative
dictionary of the Welsh language analagous the the Oxford English
Dictionary, can be gotten from their website.
- You can buy Welsh books, videos, and music on-line at Y Lolfa and
- Welsh computer terms are listed at the Rhestr Termau Cymraeg
- Information about Welsh distance learning is available at
Y Ganolfan Geltaidd.
- Welsh language-learning information is available at Suite101.
- Llyfrgell Owen is a library of on-line Welsh texts put together by
Peter Littlechild, including a concordance.
- A 1,000,000-word lexical database of Welsh is available at
Cronfa Electroneg o Gymraeg.
- A web site for professional Welsh translators is hosted by
Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru (but it's in Welsh).
Már készül a magyar fordítása az oldalnak!:http://drkazmer.fw.hu
- Added 41 new words/expressions to the Welsh-English lexicon.
- Fixed alphabetization (and other) problems with English-Welsh lexicon.
- Made a minor correction and clarification in Lesson 1.
- Added the recommendation on listening to Welsh Folk music.
- Added the following links:
- Got rid of dead links and added many more useful ones.
- Substantial additions to the lexicons (almost 3200 new entries for
- Added "Attempt translations" option to searching lexicon.
- Fixed several typos and mistakes.
- Revised "About the Author".