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Colloquial Welsh: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) [Audiobook, CD] [Audio CD]

Gareth King
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11 July 2002 0415286883 978-0415286886
These CDs are recorded by native Welsh and can be used on their own or to accompany the book, helping you with pronunciation and listening skills.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Routledge (11 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415286883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415286886
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,194,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gareth King is the author of numerous books on language and languages for Routledge/Taylor & Francis and Oxford University Press, including a range of well-known and popular titles written for learners of Welsh.
He did his first degree during the Cold War, emerging from Cambridge University with the then customary degree in Russian, Czech and Old Church Slavonic, and sensibly went on some years later to do an MA in Old Irish and Scottish Gaelic at Aberystwyth, learning Welsh in the process.
December 2010 saw the publication of his extensive revision and expansion of George Campbell's well-known Concise Compendium of the World's Languages, followed exactly two years later by a similar updating of the original 2-volume edition.
He now divides his time between writing, acting as consultant for a major publisher, and pursuing a wide range of interests that includes fin-de-siècle Paris, curry and Finno-Ugrian languages.

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"Gareth King, an experienced teacher of Welsh to adults, has in the short space of three years published a comprehensive reference grammar of spoken Welsh; a lively, up-to-date introductory language course; and now two further 'grammar-workbooks'. This impressive opus constitutes a solid, much-needed and most welcome contribution to the descriptive grammar literature on modern colloquial Welsh and a considerable achievement....For more than one reason, both the beginner and the professional linguist alike who approaches spoken Welsh with books such as these to hand is a far luckier student than were those of my own generation, and Gareth King is to be thanked....I am sure that for many people these books will have had the effect of putting modern spoken Welsh firmly on the map; let no one underestimate the importance of that."-Alan R. King, LINGUIST "For self-study in particular, "[Colloquial Welsh] is as good an introduction as can be found to the spoken language following modern teaching principles.... it presents an authentic picture of colloquial usage. Serious students will also benefit from the accompanying cassettes which provide a full three hours of listening and practice material. The units of "Colloquial Welsh contain useful comments on salient aspects of Welsh culture, and the dialogues incorporate some typically Welsh humour too."-Alan R. King, LINGUIST --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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COLLOQUIAL WELSH is easy to use and completely up to date!

Specially written by experienced teachers for self-study or class use, the course offers you a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Welsh. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

What makes COLLOQUIAL WELSH your best choice in personal language learning?

  • Interactive – lots of exercises for regular practice
  • Clear – concise grammar notes
  • Practical – useful vocabulary and pronunciation guide
  • Complete - including answer key and reference section

By the end of this rewarding course you will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in Welsh in a broad range of everyday situations.

This pack contains the paperback and 120 minutes of audio material, recorded on CDs. These complement the book and will help you with your pronunciation and listening skills.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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This book is the first I've seen to present the modern Welsh language as it is actually spoken, rather than attempting a compromise between colloquial patterns and the far more conservative written language. The dialogues are entertaining, practical and idiomatic. The same author's grammar of modern Welsh ties in with it well, for those who want to delve deeper. Combine this with the new (I emphasize new) Teach Yourself Welsh book and you can't go wrong. Some of Mr King's explanations might be controversial with Welsh grammarians, but they make sense and the whole sphere could do with some iconoclasm. He's edited a very good dictionary too in the Oxford University series, and it's the only one I could honestly recommend to a beginner.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars learn welsh 9 July 2004
I am welsh but dont speak welsh, I found this book very helpful and gave lots of sentences that you had to change to welsh but by the time you got to those pages you could do so with some ease and there was space in the book for you to write, but do it in pencil because you can always erase it and practice again.
The only thing I can say about it is that it does deal with the north and south ways of speaking so you have to learn both because you cant tell which is the north and south at the very beginning and I would have liked to learn one first and then maybe go on to learn the other one next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and enjoyable book and cassettes 29 Mar 2002
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This really is colloquial, Welsh just as you hear it. The book covers pronunciation and usage from both North and South Wales, with ample discussion of variations you are likely to encounter.
There is a paperback book and two audio cassettes. They are tightly integrated and you need them both...
Hwyl nawr!
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