https://www.duolingo.com/rmcode

Welsh for Duolingo on Memrise

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While we're waiting for Welsh to make it into the Incubator, Team Cymru has been developing the first lessons and now we're putting them onto Memrise for anyone to try out.

Take a look and tell us what you think.

http://www.memrise.com/course/741040/welsh-course-on-duolingo/

July 20, 2015

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/yoavginsburg

great work you are doing there trying to gain recognition for your (minority) language. hope you succeed.

see you soon in the incubator

July 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastianBenetS

Is this from the actual team who are planning the course for Duolingo? I hope it gets picked up soon, and it might as Luis von Ahn recently stated that he wants to add more minority and indigenous languages to Duolingo. I absolutely adore Wales, it's a land with some of the most beautiful and picturesque natural scenery, from the coast to the mountains to the forests.

July 20, 2015

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Yes, we're the team planning to do the Welsh course, which has been promised but who knows when. Yes, of course, Wales is a beautiful place, when it's not raining :-)

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffA2
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How are you planning on handling the North/South thing? The examples in your memrise course so far seem pretty universal, but what about fo/fe and eisiau and things like that? I assume you'll have to choose one or the other to teach, but I hope the accepted translations will be forgiving.

July 21, 2015

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Yes, these are fundamental problems to face, so far our thinking is to make it as universal as possible so it supports people in Wales following more regional courses where they live and also provides a solid grounding for international learners. We'll introduce North/South variations like llaeth/llefrith in specific dialect units and then use them both later on. The biggest problem we see at the moment is 'mae gen i/mae gyda fi, although even there we may be able to use both. Much discussion needed :-)

July 22, 2015

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For Irish, "Dia duit" and "Dia Daoibh" are both introduced simultaneously as ways of saying "hello" in a really early module. There's no big song and dance about it, they're just two ways of saying hello. I accepted it and moved on with the course.

I don't know if they're a dialectal distinction, but perhaps that might be the way to go with Welsh. When necessary, introduce two ways of saying the same thing, and simply accept multiple answers. If you draw too much attention to the various alternatives, it might make learners overthink and overcomplicate the learning process.

That's my 2 cents.

btw... I'm ethnically Welsh, and my heart is there. But my parents moved to the Wirral when I was a baby, so I grew up just outside in England. My mum is Welsh speaking, but never taught me. So THANKYOU for finally giving me the opportunity to reconnect with my heritage. I really, really look forward to the course being released.

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CuriousAtanaa

Nice work team! The audio is nice and crisp and prompts are clear.

May you soon be able to start incubating your dragon egg!

July 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/rmcode
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Thanks for the feedback :-)

July 24, 2015

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Thank you so much for making this! I am really enjoying my first taste of learning Welsh. And I'm also very grateful that the course includes audio. :)

July 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jbailey88
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This is brilliant. The one thing I would say though is that you need to use an audio editor to cut out the silence at the start of the audio samples - by the time they play I've already gone on to the next word.

July 20, 2015

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Thanks for the feedback about the audio, something we'll try and sort out.

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/maltu
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diolch yn fawr.

July 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/XD29
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Thank you very much! I hope to see the Welsh course on here soon :)

July 22, 2015
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