Patrick Carmody

Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (85 of 90)
Location: South Wales, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 40,872 - Total Helpful Votes: 85 of 90
A Pocket Dictionary, Welsh-English by William Richards
Kindle version
This seems to me to be a fair dictionary of printed Welsh from maybe the early 1900's.
So, no modernisms. And no clear distinction north/south.
Some other reviews complain about the layout - all squashed up, no headings.
It took some getting used to, but way I use it on my Kindle is -
a) I have put a few markers into the text (Cyn-, Gy-, etc). So I can quickly get to these points
b) if that fails (and there are always problems with mutations), then I can search for part of the word
eg: for cymdeithas, I might search for "ymdeithas"
This takes a few seconds, but comes up with all the entries which contain this text… Read more
In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great by Michael Wood
This makes sense of the whole story.
The military reasons for events, the surprises, the hardships and the cruelty are all explained.
And by following the exact footsteps many of the puzzles of timing and personality are clarified.
If you want one book on ancient warfare (or on the spread of greek culture across egypt and almost all of asia) then this is a bargain, and a real page-turner.
Just one tiny niggle - the reprinted photos are smaller and much hazier than the original hardback
Nofelau Nawr: Bywyd Blodwen Jones by Bethan Gwanas
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and instructive, 26 Feb 2014
Once I got over the north wales dialect, it was very lively
If you have learnt in south wales, you wil need a good dictionary (with north and south)
Quite a few of the short words are not explained in the book (eg: efo for gyda)
I don't think there is a tape (which would be very useful to listen in the car)

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