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on 29 September 2000
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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on 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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on 29 March 2002
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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on 2 February 2004
What can i say? i've found this book astonishingly useful, everyone i know that has used it has found it useful. The man's a genius when it comes to this, as well as having brought up some other really quality pieces. Check out his grammar; it's the definitive guide. Buy what this man writes and keep it- it'll help your children as well one day.
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on 19 April 2009
This book crams in a lot of information per page, so I think most people would need to work quite hard to make much progress. The equal coverage of the northern and southern dialects, while fair, could be distracting for anyone who would be happy to learn just one dialect. Perhaps the amount of audio could have been more generous too. At 159 minutes on the 2 CDs, that is just 10 minutes per lesson, or about 40 seconds per printed lesson page. If approached with a steely determination not to get discouraged, then I guess it might be as "rewarding" as claimed. Personally, I will be giving this one back to the local library and looking for a gentler introduction to Welsh.
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on 3 May 2015
A comprehensive and well structured book taking you to a decent standard in spoken Welsh.
It is essential to have the CDs as well, if you do not have access to a Welsh speaker.
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on 4 November 2000
It is likely that someone wishing to embark on a Welsh Language course will wish to use the language in a particular region, probably the one in which he lives or intends to work. All the courses I have heard on BBC, and others, have little relevance to the distinct dialect of the North. My comment is that either the title or the description of a teaching publication should clearly state which dialect is represented in the course. Can anyone tell me who publishes an audio course appropriate to Gwynned ??.
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