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Tips and notes about pronunciation?

Hi everyone!

I am sorry if this has been already asked but I was wondering: is there a "tips and notes" section about Welsh pronunciation? I know there is information about the alphabet and the names of the letters, but I have completed about twelve units and I haven't come across information about the pronunciation. From what I can listen in the audio clips, the pronunciation of some consonants and vowels differs a great deal from what you could expect from the pronunciation of English or other European languages.

Thanks in advance!

August 30, 2019

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ibisc

Look on the web for for 'Youtube Welshplus pronunciation basics'. Those are part of the series of videos on pronunciation that we recommend in the notes and discussions.

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daguipa

Thanks, I'll take a look at it.

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MiltReynolds

Ways to Listen and Learn Welsh:

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daguipa

thanks for these resources! It is very kind of you.

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARCANA-MVSA

Look under the Tips and Notes in the first skill. There is a segment which talks about finding good sources to aid with pronunciation.

Volgav vitsenanieff nivya kevach varatsach.

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daguipa

Yes, I remember I read that, but I thought that perhaps it would be some explanations in the course itself later. Thanks anyway!

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moira582602

It would be good, if right at the beginning Duo went through the Welsh phonemes and their pronunciations, as they are different from English. Especially "ll"/"l" and "dd"/"th" "rh"/"r" which are all made differently from the English sounds.

To pronounce Welsh words correctly and become a fluent speaker, you need to know where to put your tongue teeth and lips for these unusual sounds. It needs to be done right from the beginning or you will end up with bad habits, to be unlearned; and it is very difficult to unlearn bad habits later.

I found "Welsh Plus" the best because it actually explains how to make the sounds in your mouth - not always obvious to yourself. I go back and redo it to ensure I'm making the correct sounds, every so often. It really is good, as IBISC says. But it needs to be made more obvious, not everyone looks at the notes or discussion boards before they start a language - even although they should.

You can't always know how to reproduce the correct sound just by listening to a computerised voice - no matter how good.

September 5, 2019
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