View Full Version : Welsh language resources?

02-24-2015, 04:34 PM
We are doing some family tree work, and dd was thrilled to discover her Welsh heritage. :) She & I both are interested in learning a bit of the language. I found a few old BBC links but not a lot of formal language curriculum out there. Does anyone know if such an animal exists?

02-24-2015, 05:14 PM
Ooh, sounds like fun!

There is BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/learning/learnwelsh/), for free quickies.

There's a beginner's course from the Open University (http://www.open.edu/openlearn/languages/welsh/croeso-beginners-welsh/content-section-0).

Here is a 15 year old DK Publishing Hugo book with cassette (http://www.amazon.com/Hugo-Language-Course-Months-Cassette/dp/0789444402/ref=sr_1_25?ie=UTF8&qid=1424815559&sr=8-25&keywords=learn+welsh) - it's gotten good reviews, it's only available used, from the looks of it.

There is a youtube guy, Learn Welsh with Will (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPJe_Al5lXCuy3p4LjjkT67CJ3wFxdUqz), he has a few videos that have gotten a lot of likes.

There is a free podcast, with over 60 podcasts, that might be useful. Learn Welsh by Jason Shepherd (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/learn-welsh-podcast/id274989284?mt=2).

There's Instant Immersion (http://store.instantimmersion.com/learn-welsh/), which I've never heard great things about.

It looks like there used to be a Rosetta Stone course that is no longer available, but you may be able to find it used.

Hope I was of some help!

Accidental Homeschooler
02-24-2015, 05:16 PM
There was something dd used when she was about thirteen for Swahili. Let me see if I can find it.

Biki 4 express is what dd says it was. I also know I saw one at Barnes and Noble for Celtic, didn't look at the price though.

02-24-2015, 06:26 PM
Have you looked at BBC Wales? They might have something (although could imagine it's nothing like a curriculum).


02-24-2015, 06:41 PM
Thanks, ladies! I will check out the various resources and see what clicks.

Homeschooling Librarian
02-24-2015, 11:31 PM
No suggestions, but I saw this and thought of you and your dd:
Welsh Food | Traditional Welsh Recipes | Visit Wales (http://www.visitwales.com/explore/traditions-history/recipes)

02-25-2015, 07:12 AM
Thanks, hordemama!

02-25-2015, 09:36 AM
Not a language resource, really, but if you or your daughter haven't already read them, Susan Cooper's "Dark Is Rising" series is based on the Welsh version of the Arthurian legend, and the fourth book, Newbery honor The Grey King has a fair bit of Welsh in it, and a pronunciation key in the back, if I remember correctly. Great series in its own right.

02-25-2015, 12:24 PM
Kind of funny, amradio - we JUST finished Over Sea, Under Stone! :) We have Dark Is Rising in audiobook, waiting for us in the car. When we get to The Grey King I'll make sure to have an actual copy of the book in hand.

03-28-2015, 12:45 PM
Shrink - I just got this in my email today and I remembered this thread.

Hoped it might still be relevant and helpful.

A Welsh Course (http://www.cs.cf.ac.uk/fun/welsh/Welsh.html)

03-28-2015, 12:54 PM
Thank you, Misha!

03-29-2015, 02:17 AM
Here is a podcast to also check out: