I so agree with you about the hymn Calon Lan. It is truly inspiring. I do remember listening to that sung with so much fervour in the Chapel many times. I have heard it several times and at the moment I have it on CD by Katherine Jenkins.
I agree with the rolled "r" sound and some of my teachers will roll it with great emphasis but others just twill the sound which I find I can manage.
Unfortuately my English education damaged any ability of me to pronounce the "R" in the word ruler for example without a distinct inflexion and I just cannot change it, but in speaking Welsh (or attempting to) there are no problems.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. if you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart Nelson Mandela
I in fact say dwêd and sometimes dêd, and with gwneud, i vary from gnêd to nêd!
I was delighted to hear that your daughter's singing Hen Wlad! I am almost reduced to tears when I hear Hen Wlad. Did you use my syllabic structure of Hen Wlad or was that too hard?
I cannot sing, so I tend to mouth the words because I do not want to ruin our graceful national hymn (which is actually sung in churches in Wales as a hymn), but I am considering singing lessons just so I can proudly express my love for my homeland!!!!
Gwlad, gwlad, pleidiol wyf i´m gwlad Tra môr yn fur I'r bur hoff bau O bydded i´r heniaith barhau
Children are just amazing in their ability in picking up languages. I wish I had their sponge-like brain! I did use the syllabic structure. Now I sing in that way all the time. When my son plays Hen Wlad, I start singin no matter what I'm doing! Never mind my shaky voice!
OK, I'll work on Calon Lan next. I know the hardship of rolled r's. I couldn't do it at all but I think I can do better now (not completely of course.) So with practice maybe we can all improve.
It'll be great if you could take singing lessons along with your piano lessons.
Weithiau, mae'r ateb i'n problemau o dan ein trwynau, dim ond bod angen i ni gymryd cam yn ôl ac edrych eto. - Stuart Kerner
The program I purchased from Lingua Shop Teach me Welsh has a vocab section which gives you a word and the audio will pronounce the word in Welsh for you so you can hear the different inflections used in the Welsh language, there is also a section where you can speak into a mic and it will tell you if you are pronouncing the word correctly. I would recommend it to all Welsh learners. It is an inexpensive program for under $100 And the speakers are all welsh so it is pure Welsh you hear.
Gyda llaw, ydy'n wir bod Emyn Cenedlaethol Llydaw yn gyfieithiad uniongyrchol Hen Wlad o Gymraeg i Lydaweg? By the way, is it true that the Breton National Hymn is a direct translation of Hen Wlad from Welsh to Breton?
Today in lit class, we were asked to write a poem we know off by heart, thinking I was being smart, I wrote Hen Wlad to the disappointment of the lecturer. She was expecting something more academic than the most common poem of all.
The sheet music is very simple though - I'm approaching Grade 4 in piano now. I have been practising ready for St. David's Day. Is the sheet music you bought for your son to play as simple as this, Gwen?