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The Welsh language is fascinating me.

I am studying the Welsh language that really fascinates me. I'm Irish myself. Welsh and Irish, both Celtic languages, are among eight languages I'm currently studying. Irish is much more difficult than Welsh. I think I'm in love with the Welsh language. It is a beautiful and amazing language.

September 19, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/CadetheBruce

I wasn't able to finish my Welsh tree before the deadline I set for myself so I could go back to Breton for some much needed review. I will finish it, but Breton is a bit more of a priority for me, simply because I love it so much. Welsh is amazing too, and I really love about Welsh is how passionate a lot Welsh speakers I've encountered are about their language and how supportive they are of other Celtic languages.

If I hadn't learned Scottish Gaelic first, I would probably find Irish a lot harder than Welsh. Welsh isn't that hard for me but it is tricky. Its syntax and grammar are very similar to Breton, but all its informal and formal forms feel a bit overwhelming for me at times.

September 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Arthfoel

i ignore the formal ones since most everyday speakers outside of those who need it for work tend to be pretty informal. i presume by formal you mean the literary welsh which is beyond me and isnt spoken anyway or do you mean the sort of rydw i vs dw'i sort of thing.

September 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Windrammer

It's glorious. I'm getting an fairytale-ish vibe from it. Same with Irish.

September 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Niall363177

Which is easier? Welsh or Irish?

September 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Windrammer

I find Welsh easier because of the simpler phonetic spelling, but I haven't really progressed as far into the course as Irish. I'll hold off my final judgement until I come across something hair-tearing.

September 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Arthfoel

i really like reading things in welsh from the nineteenth century, newspapers and short books. there are some really interesting ones called hanes y plwyf...., which describe different areas of Wales and were written for eisteddfodau, with some being prize winners. they describe normal people doing normal things like drinking too much down the tafarn etc. The language is old fashioned now, but even if you don't understand a single word, the simple style just seems to flow like a lazy river or a babbling brook. here is an example if you're interested, i dont expect you'll undertand much, but you might appreciate the flow?

http://kimkat.org/amryw/1_testunau/sion_prys_014_llanwynno_01_1283k.htm

September 22, 2016
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