Further resources for learning
The two best, best resources for self-learning, apart from Duolingo itself, for visual learners, are the series of videos on pronunciation on youtube:- https://www.youtube.com/user/welshplus
and the Big Welsh Challenge course :- http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/learnwelsh/bigwelshchallenge/ (click on 'enter course', then 'skip introduction'), the section 'practice with tutor' is particularly useful, especially the male South Wales presenter, who is a well know, very funny Welsh actor. (Ignore the 'archive notice' and click on 'enter course', it works fine.).
The book that we have linked to in the Welsh course on Duolingo is here https://cls.byu.edu/welsh/BYU_Cwrs_Mynediad.html
Hard copies are available through all the usual book sellers.
For auditory learners 'Say something in Welsh' is very good and has a wide network of supporters in particular its popular Facebook group. https://www.saysomethingin.com/welsh/course1
Finally don't forget to join our Facebook group where further discussion takes place and the writers respond to queries. https://www.facebook.com/groups/welshduolingo/
Also here is a link to an fairly good article about mutations:- https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Welsh/Mutations#Soft_mutation
Here is a website which gives a daily crossword and also a range of 'her geirfa' vocabulary challenges:- http://www.happyhere.co.uk/
In addition for people not anywhere near a Welsh class, there are a number of people and places that offer online Skype lessons. Here is the link to the Skype courses of one of the Welsh centres in Wales:-http://www.coleggwent.ac.uk/welshcentre#.V1Zh_5PR-V5
Hi, I thought it might be interesting to find out if there are any good mobile apps to learn Welsh. All of them are available on Play Store and most are also to be found on iTunes Store.
This is a personal selection based on experience with many different apps. I was mostly interested in free apps about Welsh (or about Wales) with an English language version, because it’s much easier for beginners to use and you can compare Welsh and English to learn something new.
Below is the list of apps grouped into themes and in alphabetic order.
Lovely free course for beginners, offers a variety of activities and contains plenty authentic audio recordings. A more advanced course from the same developer is available for purchase.
Say something in Welsh, a great Welsh course available from the website and via app. Users can choose between North/South Welsh pronunciation. The Challenges and Course 1 are for free and there’s more paid content. I highly recommend this app.
Another amazing app that teaches you how to use mutations properly. There is a list of words causing mutation, you can also look up grammar rules regarding prepositions, numbers, etc. Good to have it in your toolkit.
- Welsh Number Whizz Android only
Welsh Number Whizz is an app designed to help you learn the traditional vigesimal number system. Could be useful especially for us Duolingers, as the Welsh course focuses on the decimal system.
- Welsh Verb Blitz Android only
A fantastic tool to learn verbs and their conjugations. The app offers several mini-games to practice Welsh conjugation.
I put Anki here as one of the two tools I know and use for flashcards. Anki is available both in a desktop and app version. There are a few big decks with Welsh flashcards, you can find them here: Dal Ati Android and iOS
For all those who have access to S4C this is a very useful app to learn vocabulary that is used in S4C programmes.
I fell in love with this cute game from the first tap. Such a great idea to explain the legend of two dragons in Dinas Emrys and turn it into a Welsh learning app. Great music and sounds, try it out!
If you want to learn some medical Cymraeg, check out this one: nicely arranged topics with authentic recordings and English translations. Simple and intuitive, well worth taking a look.
Many of you probably know Memrise, a popular website and app for learning languages and other subjects using flashcards. But do you know that there are many great decks (or courses, as they are called on Memrise) with Welsh vocabulary? Take a look here to see a list of Welsh flashcard courses on Memrise:
- Vocab Game Welsh Cymraeg Geirfa Android only
Interesting vocabulary app for learning Welsh. 8,160 words structured in about 200 levels arranged by number of letters and alphabetic order. Each level contains about 20-25 words. The app is nicely designed and fun to play. Perhaps one downside is that many of these words are old or very specialised and I often have to look up the English translations to find out what something is. Nevertheless, you will surely get to know lots of vocab after completing all the levels, so give it a try.
A very nice Welsh-English and English-Welsh dictionary. Recognizes mutations, contains common phrases. And it works offline as well. A must-have.
- GPC Geiriadur Prifysgol Android and iOS A monolingual dictionary of Welsh, less useful for beginners, but definitely something to have on your be-able-to-use wishlist. Great features: you can download the whole database to your memory card and there are language games.
This one is perhaps not for beginners, but it’s good to know about it for the future. Contains a number of different translations of the Bible into Welsh from different periods of history.
This app allows you to buy a digital edition of Lingo Newydd, a bi-monthly magazine for Welsh learners. Articles are colour-coded to mark difficulty and there are audio recordings of articles (which you wouldn’t get in the paper edition). You can either but a single issue for £1.49 or a subscription plan (Lingo Newydd costs £9.99 year). Ap Golwg also gives access to the Golwg360 website. It’s totally free and has a useful VOCAB button at the top that shows definitions of words in articles. You don’t need the app to access the website, but it’s nice to have a shortcut to news in Welsh on your mobile device.
- Legends of the West Android only
Fabulous app about the history of Ceredigion and Wales. Contains text and recordings in Welsh and English.
A regular magazine for learners that is worth looking at - 'Lingo Newydd'. It has a variety of articles of general interest and each one comes with a list of any unusual or difficult vocab to help you along. The subscription page is here (I couldn't find the English language page, sorry) - http://golwg360.cymru/cylchgronau-cwmni-golwg and look a little way down the page. If you send an English e-mail to them (firstname.lastname@example.org) they may be willing to send you a sample copy and a subscription form.
There is also a recently published set of six Welsh readers pitched at learners: 'Ar Ben Ffordd' - http://www.ylolfa.com/en/dangos.php?ISBN=9781847716774 - with two readers at each level : Mynediad, Sylfaen and then Canolradd. Each book is also available separately.
There is a lot on the BBC Learn Welsh site, too - http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/learning/learnwelsh/
Much of the site is archived now but much of it still works. There is a downloadable grammar guide here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/learnwelsh/grammar/index.shtml - which you might find in book form, too, if it is still in print.
Dal Ati ('Stick At It') is a television programme on S4C for learners of Welsh. There is a Youtube channel for the programme here - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSnqXodFrOCxTH2VRAeXIVQ
I teach Welsh to adults in Cardigan, and use Quizlet a lot to support their learning. There are vocabulary cards there for most of the courses taught in classrooms in Wales. I've been recording audio on the cards for the courses I teach. Content can be easily exported, customised, added to, and used in a variety of apps.
The recently revised DysguCymraeg/LearnWelsh course books are available for free download in pdf form on their website. This Duolingo course covers approximately the same ground as the Mynediad and Sylfaen books, and a little of Canolradd.
The course books are available here - https://learnwelsh.cymru/learning/curriculum-and-course-books/
If you hunt around http://www.ybont.org there are a lot of supporting materials for learners of all levels.
For dictionaries, http://geiriadur.bangor.ac.uk is very straightforward, and https://www.gweiadur.com/cy/Pawb is very good (register for a free userid and password). For a smartphone app, the free Ap Geiriaduron is good. An authoritative English to Welsh dictionary is https://geiriaduracademi.org, although many of its examples of usage use more formal Welsh than is taught on introductory courses such as this Duolingo one.
The new National Centre for Learning Welsh has a web site including many materials for learners. Look around https://learnwelsh.cymru for materials supporting the new Mynediad and Sylfaen courses.
I'll add https://learnwelsh.cymru/ which offers introductory but very interesting courses (many for FREE). I've been learning there for a week or so and it seems to me that the "Welcome" course (1 and 2) are designed specifically for people who want to work in a bilingual space. You can learn to answer calls, to introduce yourself, to use holding phrases... Even if you're not interesting in working in Welsh, it builds up your vocabulary and it improves listening/reading skills as well.
Thanks for the references (and now I know how to say "French" in Welsh ^^)!
There is a lot of links explained in French on this page: http://www.lexilogos.com/gallois_dictionnaire.htm. However, there are often links to English or Welsh pages.
This text is interesting: https://www.academia.edu/3255774/2009_Introduction_au_GALLOIS_Langue_et_litt%C3%A9rature_galloises, but I do not know if it is easily downloadable if you have no account on academia.edu, and it seems to be more for linguists than for language lovers.
Thank you everyone, a really useful thread. A few more apps which I have found good are:
Tywydd which gives you the weather forecast in Welsh and teaches you weather related vocabulary.
Gwlad Gwlad which teaches you to sing and pronounce the National Anthem of Wales.
The Magi Ann children's books apps which allow you to tap to hear the words spoken in Welsh or tap to see the English translation.
On OS X on a Mac you can just set it up to use its 'Welsh' keyboard layout (same layout as British, but with different effects with the Alt key), and then the ŷ, ŵ, ô, etc are available by pressing alt-y, alt-w, alt-o, etc. Very simple.
On iOS set to the UK region, just keep your finger pressed on the key and a sub-menu of related characters will pop up, including those with the Welsh diacritics ˆ`´¨. Even simpler than OS X.
I think that Windows has a similar Welsh keyboard layout to OS X tucked away somewhere, but I am not sure how to get to it. You can also use the 'To Bach v2' software - https://www.interceptorsolutions.com/tobach
For both iOS and Android, you can use the SwiftKeys app.