DuoLingo Stories in Welsh
Hello Welsh course developers/contributors, Please could we get some stories in Welsh? :) I've done most of the French ones and really enjoyed them. Would love to see some in Welsh. They provide a welcome change to the DuoLingo lesson format.
Please comment if you'd like to see some DuoLingo Stories in Welsh!
Definitely! Simplified traditional Welsh stories would be fantastic! A Welsh version of the stories available for the other languages would be much appreciated, though.
As far as we know, Duo have no plans to extend 'Stories' to other languages.
You may find interesting material if you browse around the parallel.cymru website - it is full of bilingual material at all levels, together with all kinds of supporting material for learners.
There are books available at different levels for Welsh learners. I am Mynediad level and I have found "Ffenestri" a good graded short story book. It has the different levels. There are others. Go onto Y Lolfa website. They publish books in Welsh.
I use some children's books in Welsh - I'm in my second childhood!!!
There's also an excellent mag that comes out 4 times a years called "Lino Newydd" and I subscribe to that.
I have been advised to read children's books too, when I've completed the Duolingo course. This advice came from a colleague who has Welsh as her first language, and has taught young adults Welsh as a second language. The trick (according to her) is to make the switch from translating between English and Welsh to thinking in Welsh. This isn't particularly easy for most people, but is made somewhat easier with literature aimed at young children.
She has also suggested that I go and stay in her home village for a week, and she'll warn everyone in advance that on no account am I to be acknowledged if I speak English. She said I'll learn conversational Welsh in no time - or starve! :D
Lucky you! What a great opportunity! i really hope you do it. I studied French for 5 years in school, but my best experience came later when I took a woodcarving workshop in a small town in the Gaspe, Canada. No one spoke any English, so they had to put up with my French (unlike in Montreal). Within the week I was thinking in French and writing postcards in French.
Whoops dyslexia rules KO!!!!
The mag I refered to is called LINGO NEWYDD.
Stories, poems and song lyrics would be a wonderful addition to these lessons.
It would be a real confidence booster to have short narratives (300-500 words max) at different stages of the course, just using the vocab and grammar that has been taught. People recommend books but that's not the same thing. Being able to read something without having to look up anything at all is what it's all about - or should be!
DysguCymraeg have supported a series of graded reading books for Welsh learners. In the series Amdani there are five books at each of the four course levels (Mynediad, Sylfaen, Canolradd, Uwch). This Duo course covers the materials in Mynediad and Sylfaen. More information here - https://parallel.cymru/amdani/
An earlier series is also available - Ar Ben Ffordd - https://www.ylolfa.com/products/9781847716774/pecyn-cyfres-ar-ben-ffordd - with two readers at each of the first three levels.
Any good bookseller should be able to get hold of them for you.
I would LOVE some Duolingo stories in other languages .They are SO helpful.