whats the easiest way to remember new words in welsh

what are some easy ways to remember new words in welsh

April 28, 2016


For vocabulary building, I can also recommend -- it's a site where you can make your own flashcard sets and study from them. It uses the same built-in voices that DuoLingo does, so you can have it read your cards. You can also use your card sets to make self-tests and play games. Use it free with ads, or pay a small amount per month to use it without ads. There are iPhone and Android versions, too.

April 30, 2016
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Wow, '' looks brilliant, thanks for this link. I'll be recommending in all my classes next week.

April 30, 2016

Practice. Repeat things until you feel comfortable. There is no trick other than repeated practice.

Duolingo has the concept of 'keeping your tree gold'. (The tree is all the lessons and this is just how people here talk about it). This means when you finish a module of lessons (for instance, basics 2) for the first time, it will become gold. Over time (usually a day or two), the gold color will leave and you will see that the website believes you are weak on those words. That is the time to review, to make it gold again. If you use the program as intended, eventually, you will remember the words.

When you have reviewed several times, Duolingo will start to keep that module gold longer or it will be reviewed in the course of reviewing other modules that contain some of the same words further up the tree. By that point, you will likely know those words well.

Welsh is very different from English, so it will take time. On the upside, many of the clothing words were clearly borrowed from English, so you will have an easier time on those lessons. Other words like chocolate and coffee are very similar to English too for the same reason.

If you find Welsh hard, take it slow. Language learning takes time and the harder the language, the longer it takes. For English speakers, languages like Spanish or Norwegian tend to be easier, whereas Welsh is one of the harder ones among the European languages. It's not as hard as, for instance, Korean or Arabic, but it's not an especially easy one, so be kind to yourself and don't expect it to all go in over night. Even as a long term language learner, I am taking Welsh extra slow as it is a properly foreign language to me in terms of grammar, vocabulary and parts of the sound and writing system. I often don't do a new lesson but only review just to make sure they really go in. Obviously if you are only on level 2, you will probably want to do a few more, but review those several times before you go much further.

April 28, 2016

I'm in the same boat. The words derived from English are naturally familiar, but the purely Welsh words seem so alien! And I'm still not quite grasping the grammar, though I don't think it's as hard as it really feels. Spanish and even French feel easy by comparison -- both being derived from Latin, and so much Latin and Norman French influence on the English language. Also, I took Spanish all through Jr. High and High School, and learned a lot of tourist French before going on a trip to France by listening to language tapes in the car, and took French courses in college. So much of DuoLingo for these is basically review. For me, being a complete newcomer to Welsh, just working in DuoLingo isn't quite enough. In addition I write down all of the new words, and I'm building a picture dictionary in Word. I re-do the lessons many times over, trying to make the words stick. I'm also going to try ordering this book for children learning Welsh:

I'm looking around for other supplementary resources as well. It was the same when I was learning Spanish and French -- using multiple resources and engaging multiple senses made learning go faster. Even when taking face-to-face classes, I made lots of flash cards and other learning aids to help me along.

Still, it's the only place where I can really go to town learning languages for free! I've always wanted to be a bit of a polyglot, even if it's just enough to get by as a tourist. I don't need to have long discussions of existential philosophy in cafes in five different languages, just be able to order food, ask directions, buy postage stamps, and not feel totally helpless no matter where I am in the world. Multiple languages -- it's my new collection!

April 29, 2016
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Just thought it might be worth mentioning, that for anyone in the UK interested in the book mentioned above, it's also available from the UK site:

Also the French site

May 3, 2016

I try and make some sort of connection between the English and Welsh word. For instance the word dafad means sheep which I remember because it sounds like David who was a Shepard. Glad is blue which I remember as when I paint glass it usually has a blue colour. Now these should be short term fixes, they help you recall the word as you are first learning (dafad=David=sheep) but after awhile you should be able to just free recall it (dafad=David)

May 3, 2016

My favorite temporary mnemonic so far has been for the Welsh "morfil" (whale). I remember Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick....

May 10, 2016

My favourite mnemonic so far is damwain - 'Damn! Wine!' when I accidentally spill it on the carpet.

July 19, 2016
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