Episode 9 – Welsh (Cymraeg)

In this episode I talk about Welsh (Cymraeg), a Celtic language spoken mainly in Wales, a part of the UK. I delve into the history of the language, its current status, the language itself, and how I learnt it and use it. I also talk to a Welsh learner from Michigan in the USA who is doing a degree in Welsh at Bangor University.

This podcast is mainly in English, with a few bits in Welsh. The Welsh bits are translated into English, just in case you don’t understand them.

Some tips on learning Welsh

Gwenno Saunders, singer, song-writer and broadcaster, talking about singing in Welsh.

Elin Fflur and Eden singing Harbwr Diogel (Safe Harbour) – I was at this concert.

A lullaby in Old Welsh found in the margins of a 7th century poem.

Statistics about Welsh speakers come mainly from the National Survey for Wales, 2013-14: Welsh Language Use Survey (PDF)

Tunes featured in this episode

More details of Si Hei Lwli Mabi, the song featured at the end of this epsiode.

More information about Welsh

http://www.omniglot.com/writing/welsh.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsh_language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Welsh_language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Welsh
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_Welsh
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsh_medium_education

Myths and misconceptions about Welsh

https://dreamsanddialects.weebly.com/dreams–dialects/4-welsh-language-myths-that-need-busting
https://www.businesslanguageservices.co.uk/general/language-news/8-myths-about-the-welsh-language/

Online Welsh lessons

http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/learning/learnwelsh/
https://www.saysomethingin.com/welsh
https://www.learn-welsh.net/
https://learnwelsh.cymru/

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