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Book review: Wynne Evans – O Gaerfyrddin i Go Compare

If someone had asked me what I wanted to read next, the answer almost certainly wouldn’t have been: “The biography of the Go Compare man!” Wynne Evans – O Gaerfyrddin i Go Compare was next on the Learn Welsh entry reading list, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Woods near Beddgelert

TV review: Am Dro! on S4C

From a rural river walk in Snowdonia to an urban tour through Cardiff Bay and a hike along the coast path on the Gower Peninsula. Am Dro! is a programme that challenges walkers to lead each other on their favourite Welsh hiking trails, showcasing the local scenery, history and culture.

Welsh dragon

Two months of learning Welsh and this is how it’s going

Two months ago, I didn’t speak a word of Welsh. Now 48 class hours, 264 Duolingo lessons and 130 coursebook pages later, it’s going pretty well. We’ve covered so much – from starting a conversation to discussing everyday activities and where we come from.

Memrise logo

App review: Welsh on Memrise

“Re-reading endless lists of words and phrases is boring and your brain knows it.” Wise words from the team behind language-learning app Memrise. The London-based company, founded in 2010, now has more than 50 million users in nearly 200 countries.

Am Ddiwrnod

Book review: Am Ddiwrnod, Margaret Johnson

I didn’t read a book in French until I’d been learning for five years, but I’ve just finished my first book in Welsh after five weeks. Le Petit Prince was a great story, but I didn’t read it until AS-level, so I wasn’t expecting to try a book in Welsh eight units into the entry course.

How to practice Welsh

From films to podcasts | How to practice Welsh during lockdown

From reading a book, to watching a film or tuning in to a podcast, there are loads of great ways to practice new language skills. Unfortunately face-to-face conversation groups, trips to the theatre and gigs are off the cards for now, but there are still plenty of opportunities to use Welsh.

Duo

This is what happened when I tried Duolingo

I’m on a 37-day streak in the Ruby League and I’ve just bought an owl a dinner jacket. I’ll admit – I’m a little bit hooked on Duolingo. According to their website, 300 million people use the language-learning platform, which they describe as “the world’s best way to learn a language”.

Welsh cakes

How to make the perfect Welsh cake

There’s a sign hanging above the bakestone of one of my favourite stalls in Cardiff Market saying: “Happiness is a warm Welsh cake.” It’s cold and wet outside, but The Bake Off is on and I’m feeling inspired! What better way to celebrate a month of learning Welsh than by baking Welsh cakes?

Dysgu Cymraeg Mynediad

This is what happened at my first Welsh class

There are 360 pages in my textbook. 28 units. And that’s just entry. My course covers foundation, then intermediate. It’s a little bit intimidating… But everyone has to start somewhere, right? So here we are, lesson one. Got the Zoom link. Log-in details. Pen and paper. Cup of tea. Ready to go!

Liz Day

This is why I’m learning Welsh

“You’re learning Welsh. Why?” This is something I’ve been hearing a lot lately and seems like a good topic for my first post! Why have I decided to try and pronounce sounds like Ll, learn 100 words of vocab a week and attempt to get my head around the ominous-sounding “soft mutation”?


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