i've been using the bbc - wales learn welsh program. i wish i would've found it before i went over there. i got some book/tape thingy to learn the language before my trip but, it was a dreadful learning program. yepyep, i did manage to practice a wee bit of my welsh while i was there. not as much as i would've liked, though. the vocabulary and pronounciation came pretty easily - it was the syntax and grammar that got me (and still do). i'd so much like to be able to hold an actual welsh conversation by the next time i get myself over there...
every time i see an adult on a bicycle, i have hope for humanity.
Hello again Anhrefn, glad you came over to the Welsh area! Croeso unwaith eto. Like Siarls says, you'll find this is a good place to practice your Welsh. I'm sure you've seen the Beginner's Welsh board where we practice. Please take a tour aroud the various Welsh boards if you haven't already, both in Celtic Nations/Wales and Celtic Languages/Welsh. There are language Q&A boards and practice boards. Glad you're here!
Gwenynen, have you looked at Intermediate Welsh by Gareth King? I'm not recommending it since I haven't seen it, but was wondering if you'd looked it over and what you think of it.
I've been looking alot at David Thorne's book since I've been interested in literary Welsh - I just love the way it works. What books are you using now for the somewhere-around-early-intermediate level? That's about where I consider myself too.
Yr hen Gymraeg i mi, Hon ydyw iaith teimladau, Ac adlais i guriadau Fy nghalon ydyw hi --- Mynyddog
Aw, Antwn, if you're early intermediate, I'm still mid beginner!
I've finished Lloyds in Learn Welsh (while using various other materials) and tried Cam Ymlaen. But I'm not sure if it's what I want to work on. They use Mi and Fe at the beginning of affirmative sentenses but I've learned without them so far. I guess some people use them and some don't. They are so confusing that I don't know what to do.
I just read some reviews on G King's Intermediate Welsh. I do have Modern Welsh by him. It's very thorough but maybe too much information for some learners (like me!) His example sentences are so hard!
So for now, I use this and that of what I already have (such as Teach Yourself Welsh, easy books, CDs, etc) plus things on the internet.
I can empathize Siarls, I also hate the sound of my recorded voice. Yeah, it sure would be nice to have access to regular Welsh classes. Its strange that with so much Celtic influence and immigration to this country that classes in Celtic languages should be so rare here.
Hello Everyone. I thought maybe I should update you all. Susieg is extremely busy at the moment, so she has asked me to take over as forum leader here. Macfive supported the change! WELCOME TO THE WALES FORUM!
And best wishes and good health to Susieg and her family. xxx
This post has been edited by Siarls on 24-Oct-2005, 11:07 AM
I would just like to give a brief introduction of myself to this forum.
I am now learning Welsh and have been doing so for the past 8 months. My progress is slow but I am getting there and really enjoying myself as I regain my “lost” culture.
Although originally from Wales I now live in Western Australia and I am learning mostly through the BBC sites which are very helpful and reading and listening to whatever I can. I am isolated in my learning here in Aussie but am determined to get there.
It is somewhat sad that I never learnt it as a child but then opportunities to learn Welsh were either non existent or almost frowned upon. What a glorious difference there is now in Wales with the progress of teaching this great language.
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
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