When lockdown first hit, Abby Burridge didn’t know how to help her children with their Welsh homework. But after starting an intensive course, she began to feel confident – even talking to their teachers in Welsh on Zoom. Abby, Max and Grace now help each other with their homework.
Y Fawr a’r Fach is a series of personal, funny and entertaining short stories about author Siôn Tomos Owen’s life in the Rhondda Valleys. The book was recommended in Unit 10 of the Learn Welsh foundation course and is probably my favourite so far in the Amdani series.
Nine months ago, I didn’t speak any Welsh at all. Next month, I’ll have to speak to an examiner in Welsh for 12 whole minutes! That’s a slightly terrifying prospect, but after 120 classes, 250 days on Duolingo and nearly 3,500 words on Memrise, hopefully it’ll be OK.
Music, discussions and workshops will be taking place throughout this week as part of Tafwyl – Cardiff’s annual festival of Welsh language arts and culture. A pre-registered audience of 500 people will be allowed into Cardiff Castle for the main event on Saturday, May 15.
Bronze, silver, gold, sapphire, ruby, emerald, amethyst, pearl, obsidian, diamond. I’ve worked my way up through the Duolingo leagues. There was a near miss during a long weekend away, but I’ve just about kept my streak, thanks to a couple of freezes and weekend amulets!
Yn Ei Gwsg is a comedy thriller following Dafydd, who wakes up covered in blood and tries to unravel what happened while he was sleepwalking. The book is by Bethan Gwanas, illustrated by Huw Aaron, and was recommended in Unit 15 of the Learn Welsh foundation course.
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.
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