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Cwrs Mynediad: Llyfr Cwrs (De): Cwrs Dechreuol I Oedolion Sy'n Dysgu Cymraeg / a Beginners' Course for Adults Learning Welsh: South Wales Version
Cwrs Mynediad: Llyfr Cwrs (De): Cwrs Dechreuol I Oedolion Sy'n Dysgu Cymraeg / a Beginners' Course for Adults Learning Welsh: South Wales Version
by Elin Meek
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.58

3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't stand on its own, 21 April 2014
This is a very popular course book amongst the bodies responsible for teaching Welsh to Adults across South Wales.

If you are attending a 'Mynediad' course buying this book is pretty much obligatory as you are not going to get very far without it.

The book is well laid out, and is split into 30 units. Each unit builds on the grammar and the vocabulary in previous units. The units themselves are generally split into blocks of key phrases, followed by activities to reinforce the language from the previous block. Each unit generally ends with a dialogue built around the key points from unit. There is usually a summary of grammar and vocabulary covered in the unit.

Every fifth unit is a revision and extension unit.

The book is purpose written for students following the Mynediad course. It is not well suited to a course of self study as
each block of language to learn does not come with an explanation regarding the key points of language that are trying to be taught. In practice these blocks of language are drilled by tutors in class. It is very much down to the individual tutor whether or not the grammar underpinning the language is explained. (Most tutors will gear this to the group they are teaching)

In addition to this book there is a practice pack (answers not contained - so again not suited to self study) and a set of CDs which allow you to practice the language at home (expensive but worth it)

I'm on the verge of giving this book 4 stars, the only thing that is holding me back is the fact that I am a pedant and there are a few grammatical errors in this book. This is obviously done deliberately by the author, probably in order to simplify the language for the student and to be as colloquial as possible. My personal opinion is that you should learn the correct form first and once you have mastered that - then learn the colloquial form - but their are plenty of people who would disagree with me. The other problem with this approach is that those students who eventually reach 'A' level standard will have to unlearn some bad habits if they wish to get good grades.

You shouldn't let this put you off attending a Mynediad course. This book combined with a good tutor and hard work is definitely a four star or five star experience. You will build an excellent foundation on which to base your future Welsh learning. There are plenty of people out there who started on a Mynediad course and who are now fluent.

Last thing - this review is for the South Wales version. The North Wales version follows the same unit structure but some of the language is modified to reflect the North Wales dialect. Make sure you buy the correct one for your area. Just to confuse us all Amazon have but a picture of the North Wales version against the South Wales version!


Cwrs Mynediad: Fersiwn y De: South Wales Version
Cwrs Mynediad: Fersiwn y De: South Wales Version

3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite four stars, 20 April 2014
This is a very popular course book amongst the bodies responsible for teaching Welsh to Adults across South Wales.

If you are attending a 'Mynediad' course buying this book is pretty much obligatory as you are not going to get very far without it.

The book is well laid out, and is split into 30 units. Each unit builds on the grammar and the vocabulary in previous units. The units themselves are generally split into blocks of key phrases, followed by activities to reinforce the language from the previous block. Each unit generally ends with a dialogue built around the key points from unit. There is usually a summary of grammar and vocabulary covered in the unit.

Every fifth unit is a revision and extension unit.

The book is purpose written for students following the Mynediad course. It is not well suited to a course of self study as
each block of language to learn does not come with an explanation regarding the key points of language that are trying to be taught. In practice these blocks of language are drilled by tutors in class. It is very much down to the individual tutor whether or not the grammar underpinning the language is explained. (Most tutors will gear this to the group they are teaching)

In addition to this book there is a practice pack (answers not contained - so again not suited to self study) and a set of CDs which allow you to practice the language at home (expensive but worth it)

I'm on the verge of giving this book 4 stars, the only thing that is holding me back is the fact that I am a pedant and there are a few grammatical errors in this book. This is obviously done deliberately by the author, probably in order to simplify the language for the student and to be as colloquial as possible. My personal opinion is that you should learn the correct form first and once you have mastered that - then learn the colloquial form - but their are plenty of people who would disagree with me. The other problem with this approach is that those students who eventually reach 'A' level standard will have to unlearn some bad habits if they wish to get good grades.

You shouldn't let this put you off attending a Mynediad course. This book combined with a good tutor and hard work is definitely a four star or five star experience. You will build an excellent foundation on which to base your future Welsh learning. There are plenty of people out there who started on a Mynediad course and who are now fluent.

Last thing - this review is for the South Wales version. The North Wales version follows the same unit structure but some of the language is modified to reflect the North Wales dialect. Make sure you buy the correct one for your area. Just to confuse us all Amazon have but a picture of the North Wales version against the South Wales version!


The Sixth Extinction: An Apocalyptic Tale of Survival. (Part One: Outbreak. Book 1)
The Sixth Extinction: An Apocalyptic Tale of Survival. (Part One: Outbreak. Book 1)
Price: £0.77

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Second rate fiction, 17 Aug 2013
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The one good thing about this book is that I am now convinced that even I could write a novel. No depth to the characters, very linear plot and littered with English errors.


Six Thousand Welsh Words: English-Welsh
Six Thousand Welsh Words: English-Welsh
by Ceri Jones
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Mae angen copi newydd arna i / I need a new copy, 27 Jun 2013
Prynais i gopi o'r llyfr hwn blynyddoed yn ol. Dwi wedi ei ddefnyddio cymaint nes bod y tudalenau yn cwympo mas

I bought a copy of this years ago. I've used it so much the pages are falling out


LEGO® Creator Kids' Watch with building toy 4250341
LEGO® Creator Kids' Watch with building toy 4250341

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the normal quality you expect from lego, 29 Mar 2013
My son received one of these for his birthday a couple of years ago.Our family are huge Lego fans - it's expensive but well worth the money as the kids play with it for hours. The same can not be said for this watch - it's a piece of tat with a hugely inflated price tag. Very dissapointing.


Technika Advanced MP111 4GB MP4 player
Technika Advanced MP111 4GB MP4 player

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Budget Player, 22 Aug 2010
I have bought two of these player for my sons

Like another reviewer I had a problem with some videos playing. E.g. flv files based on the latest H.264 format. I also had a problem with one avi not playing sound due to a non standard audio format. I used Any Video Converter (free program) with its default settings (video codec=xvid and audio codec=mp3) and everything plays ok.

Not sure what the resolution is on this player - I've been converting to 320x240 and it looks pretty good.

Eighteen Months on we are starting to have real problems with these players. Circuit board warped on one for no apparent reason, and we have real problems getting either player to switch on. Hence I have downgraded review to two stars


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