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A collection of Welsh language courses, grammars, dictionaries, and other books about Wales and the Welsh language.

Courses, Grammars, Dictionaries, Idioms and phrases, Welsh history, Travel writing about Wales, Fiction


Courses

Welsh for Beginners

Welsh for Beginners

by Angela Wilkes, John Shackell

- a good introduction to Welsh through cartoons. Suitable for children and adults. Teaches you the basics in an interesting and effective way. Comes with a CD containing recordings of words and phrases.

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Welsh Is Fun!

Welsh Is Fun! A New Course in Spoken Welsh for the Beginner

by Heini Gruffudd & Elwyn Ioan

- an introduction to spoken Welsh for adults featuring 17 cartoon-lessons, with exercises, grammar and vocabulary.

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Colloquial Welsh

Colloquial Welsh - A Complete Language Course

Gareth King

- the best introduction to spoken Welsh currently available. Includes a course book containing dialogues, grammatical notes, exercises and cultural information, together with two cassettes with recordings of some of the dialogues and exercises.

The book is divided into sixteen lessons, each of which covers quite a lot of material - too much to take in one session. There are English translations for all dialogues up to lesson four. After that only the new words and expressions are translated.

One slight problem is that the dialogues in the book are not always the same as the ones on the tapes. For example, sometimes the speakers on the tapes use Northern Welsh constructions while there are Southern Welsh constructions in the book, or vice versa.

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Teach Yourself Welsh

Teach Yourself Welsh

by Christine Jones & Julie Brake

- includes a course book containing dialogues, grammatical notes, exercises and cultural information, together with two cassettes with recordings of some of the dialogues and exercises.

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Teach Yourself Welsh Conversation

Teach Yourself Welsh Conversation

by Christine Jones & Kara Lewis

- a stand-alone, all-audio course for those who have little or no knowledge of Welsh, those who want to learn or brush up basic conversation skills, and by more advanced learners who require extra audio material to complement their current courses. Comes with 3 CDs and a 48-page booklet containing transcriptions and translations of the dialogues.

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TeachMe! Welsh

TeachMe! Welsh

- a CD-ROM course which helps to learn Welsh grammar and a wide range of vocabulary. Also includes a book of stories, which you can listen to and read, an audio CD, and an AutoLearn feature.

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Grammars

Teach Yourself Welsh Grammar

Teach Yourself Welsh Grammar

by Christine Jones

- an up-to-date, accessible grammar written in English for students working independently or via formal courses at school, evening classes or further education. The book helps students become both functionally and formally fluent in the language. The examples used in the book reflect everyday usage and use up-to-the-minute vocabulary, and there are lively, varied exercises with an answer key.

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Modern Welsh: A Comprehensive Grammar

Modern Welsh: A Comprehensive Grammar

by Gareth King

- an excellent reference book which covers Welsh grammar in detail with copious examples. Includes plenty of information about the grammar of spoken Welsh and about regional variations.

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Dictionaries

The Welsh Learner's Dictionary

The Welsh Learner's Dictionary

by Heini Gruffudd

- a good bilingual dictionary for learners with sample sentences, and guides to pronunciation, grammar, place names names. Suitable for beginners and intermediate students.

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Welsh Dictionary

Welsh Dictionary

by Collins GEM

- offers extensive coverage of Welsh and English in a compact, portable format. Also includes a supplement of personal and place names and notes on pronunciation.

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Pocket Modern Welsh Dictionary

Pocket Modern Welsh Dictionary

by Gareth King (Editor)

- an excellent, up-to-date Welsh-English, English-Welsh dictionary. Each entry includes example phrases which illustrate current Welsh usage. Also includes notes on pronunciation, mutations and grammar, and a glossary of the Welsh versions of places names.

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Geiriadur Mawr

Y Geiriadur Mawr: The Complete English Welsh - Welsh English Dictionary

by Harold Meurig Evans and W. O. Thomas

- a comprehensive though somewhat dated Welsh dictionary. In the Welsh-English section there are definitions of each word in Welsh with English translations. There are also sections on grammar, pronunciation, names, plants, proverbs, similies, and even Welsh versions of Latin and French terms, such as ad infinitum (yn ddiddiwedd) and laisser-faire (gadael iddi/peidio ag ymyrryd).

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Geiriadur Yr Academi

Welsh Academy English-Welsh Dictionary: Geiriadur Yr Academi

by Welsh Academy, Bruce Griffiths and Dafydd Glyn Jones (Editors)

- a comprehensive English-Welsh dictionary covering literary and colloquial language, idioms, synonyms, specialist and technical terms, personal and place names, and regional variations. Includes numerous illustrative examples. Essential for any serious student of Welsh.

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Welsh Roots and Branches: Gwreiddiadur Cymraeg

Welsh Roots and Branches: Gwreiddiadur Cymraeg

by Gareth Jones

- this book helps you to develop your vocabulary rapidly by building on some forty prefixes and seventy suffixes which are to be found in Welsh, and thus acquiring hundreds, if not thousands, of useful words

Buy this dictionary from: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk or Gwales.com

Geiriadur Almaeneg-Cymraeg, Cymraeg-Almaeneg/Worterbuch Deutsch-Walisisch, Walisisch-Deutsch

by Wolfgang Greller

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Idioms and phrases

Dweud Eich Dweud: Geiriadur O Idiomau Cymraeg

by Ceri Jones

- a reference book of Welsh idiomatic speech with guides for learners on pronounciation of north and south Wales dialects.

Buy this dictionary from: Amazon.co.uk

Welsh Phrases for Learners

Welsh Phrases for Learners

by Leonard Hayles

- an illustrated dictionary of Welsh phrases and idioms in everyday use compiled specifically for learners.

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Geiriadur Idiomau

Geiriadur Idiomau - A Dictionary of Welsh and English Idiomatic Phrases

by Alun Cownie

- contains 12,000 Welsh and English idiomatic phrases, quite useful for learners.

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Learning Welsh

I Don't Speak Welsh!

I Don't Speak Welsh!

by Sandi Thomas

- Sandi Thomas from California decided to learn Welsh and enrolled on a month-long Wlpan course in Aberystwyth. This book is her account of the joys and frustrations of learning and using the language.

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Travels in an Old Tongue

Travels in an Old Tongue: Touring the World Speaking Welsh

by Pamela Petro

- an amusing and interesting book about Pamela Petro's struggles with the Welsh language and her travels around the world seeking out Welsh speakers. She finds them in the most unexpected places, including Tokyo, Hong Kong and Oslo.

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Welsh history

A History of Wales

A History of Wales

by John Davies

- provides comprehensive covered of the history of Wales from the Ice Age to the present day, and presents and unbiased look at the development of the Welsh nation. Originally published in Welsh as Hanes Cymru.

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Wales: An Illustrated History

Wales: An Illustrated History

by Prys Morgan

- a beautifully illustrated history of Wales from prehistory to the present day through the Roman conquest and settlement; the wealth and wars of the Welsh kings; and the recurring revolts against English rule.

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Land of My Fathers: 2000 Years of Welsh History

Land of My Fathers: 2000 Years of Welsh History

by Gwynfor Evans

- a comprehsive, illustrated history of Wales.

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Travel writing about Wales

Wales Epic Views of a Small Country

Wales Epic Views of a Small Country

by Jan Morris

- a personal study by the author, who celebrates Wales and all things Welsh. It reflects the rich bilingual literature and folklore, the buildings and varied landscapes, the national character and humour, historical predicaments and the political condition of this small but extraordinary country.

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The Bank Manager and the Holy Grail

The Bank Manager and the Holy Grail: Travels in the Strange Kingdom of Wales

by Byron Rogers

- a collection of travel pieces covering such unlikely topics as the story of Kaiser Wilhelm's sojourn in a Welsh spa town before the Great War, and tours the Welsh waxwork museum largely populated with effigies of Prince Philip discarded by Madame Tussaud's. Also includes the true story of how a project to ensure the survival of the Welsh language came to involve the translation of pornographic novels, and above all how the Holy Grail came to be in the safe keeping of the manager of Lloyd's Bank in Aberystwyth.

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A Ram in the Well

A Ram in the Well

by June Knox-Mawer

- this book begins with the author dreaming of finding somewhere peaceful in the countryside. She eventually finds an isolated house needing a lot of work to make it habitatable in the wilds of Denbighshire, where she grew up. The book provides an affectionate potrait of the local people and landscape.

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Welsh fiction

Harri Potter maen yr Athronydd

Harri Potter maen yr Athronydd

by J.K. Rowling, Emily Huws (Translator)

- the Welsh language version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

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Harri Potter maen yr Athronydd

Lleidr Amser

by Terry Pratchett and Dyfrig Parri (Translator)

- the Welsh language version of Terry Pratchett's novel, Thief of Time.

Buy from: Gwales.com or Amazon.co.uk

 


Other sources of Welsh language books and music
http://www.gwales.com
http://www.gomer.co.uk
http://www.ylolfa.com
http://www.na-nog.com
http://www.cerddystwyth.co.uk
http://www.sainwales.com

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