Social worker Galina Granici was working for a charity in Moldova when she met Welsh doctor Carwyn Shires, who was there as a volunteer. Fast-forward several years and they are now married, living in Cardiff, with Galina learning Welsh while expecting their first child in the summer.
He’s handled some of the world’s deadliest animals and diced with death while kayaking in Bhutan, but Steve Backshall’s latest challenge was a little different. The naturalist, who spent many family holidays camping in Snowdonia, has been learning Welsh for S4C series Iaith ar Daith.
Y Stryd is a compelling short story about how one night changes the lives of a dozen people living on a street in north Wales. The book, by Helen Naylor and Mared Lewis, was recommended in Unit Five of the Learn Welsh foundation course and was the first on the reading list for this level.
A celebration of comedy, conversation and music will take place this weekend as four festivals collaborate to create Gŵyl 2021. The free, online festival has been put together by the teams behind Aberystwyth Comedy Festival, the Festival of Voice, Other Voices Cardigan and FOCUS Wales.
French, German, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish – Laura Caen Lee has learnt a lot of languages. She is now learning Makaton signs and symbols to communicate with her son Edmund, who has cerebral palsy, and decided to take up Welsh when her twins began classes at school.
Pass y Sugnydd Llwch, Darling is a light-hearted and entertaining comedy about a spontaneous family day out to the castle, beach and river at Ogmore-by-Sea. The story is written by Lucy Owen, a news reader, and her husband Rhodri Owen, a TV presenter, along with author Mari George.
Pounding speakers, dancing crowds, bright lights – as lockdown continues, it feels like a lifetime ago we were able to go out and enjoy live music. Although it’s impossible to recreate the atmosphere of a gig, Dydd Miwsig Cymru promises to bring some top performances into our homes this year.
Blood (gwaed), hammer (morthwyl), to attack (ymosod ar), dead (marw), to hide (cuddio). Nothing like a whodunit to teach you some new vocabulary! Stryd Y Bont by Manon Steffan Ros was recommended towards the end of the Learn Welsh entry course in Unit 24.
Araf. Bore da. Caerdydd. Croeso. Cwrw. Diolch. Gwasanaethau. Hwyl. Nos da. Ysgol. Four months ago, that was pretty much the extent of my Welsh vocabulary! But 96 class hours, 437 Duolingo lessons and 360 textbook pages later, I’ve learnt a total of 1,586 words.
Romance, biography, crime – I’ve had my nose in all kinds of books thanks to the Learn Welsh entry reading list. The latest recommendation came in Unit 19 for detective story Gangsters Yn Y Glaw, which is written by Pegi Talfryn and illustrated by Hywel Griffith.
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