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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Welsh Grammar - made easy, 4 May 2001
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Gareth King has written a number of excellent books for the learner of modern Welsh (e.g. Colloquial Welsh, also by Routledge). This book can be said to be a comprehensive reference grammar and the ideal next step for anyone who has progressed beyond a basic level of Welsh. It is especially suited to people familiar with Gareth King's other works and his approach to Welsh grammar.
What makes King different is that he describes very much the colloquial language - Welsh as it is spoken - which differs from formal and written Welsh in a number of key ways (vocabulary, grammatical endings and pronunciation). Sometimes this means the situation is complicated by various regional differences or a number of alternative forms and King's skill is that he makes these complexities comprehensible. The text is well laid-out and the explanations are lucid and easy to follow. The treatment of Welsh grammar is detailed but you never feel swamped - there is no detail for details' sake. The chapters are divided into traditional areas such as verbs, nouns etc. but the illustrative examples, unlike traditional grammars sound authentic. Throughout the book, English and Welsh are compared to clarify potential problems and a chapter on translating common phrases in Welsh is particularly useful. For the non-native speaker, this book is liable to answer most of the questions you will ever have.
This is not the book to begin studying Welsh with, as the detail is too great. However, if you wish to deepen your knowledge of the language or need a reference work to clear up any uncertainties, this book has a lot to recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Welsh Grammar by Gareth King, 2 Aug. 2011
As a learner in Welsh or any other language,it is esential to have a user friendly grammar book.This product fulfils the role admirably.This book and Gareth kings Modern Welsh dictionary as an accompaniment,will answer all the questions you are ever likely to ask, through to canolradd stage.One major criticism though;there are several editions of this book on the market,unfortunately the publishers appear to have had a continuity problem in that; although all the items are included,they are not in the same unit or on the same page in each edition.This has led to problems when discussing Welsh language grammar with other students who also have the same book,but a different edition,which is particularly annoying if the discussion(as in my case) is held over the phone, or on Skype.
Otherwise the book is a Godsend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grammar of Welsh, 1 Oct. 2012
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This book is a detailed and comprehensive work on the grammar of the Welsh language. The scope and coverage here is immense. Attention is given to colloquial 'Welsh' in contrast to the more literary language. Kings attitude to other dialects is one in which he can describe rather than explain some points which could be called a part of the subject. His ideas are nothing short of better than those before. The books introduction explains that previous forms of 'Cymraeg Byw' are unsuccessful and that new ones based more around the writers work are the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Grammar Handbook, 27 Nov. 2012
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This is an excellent book for those who already have a good command of Welsh. those who have followed courses from Mynedia to Uwch often end up with files of notes that are not easy to use as a reference. this book puts it all in perspective in an easily accesible format.My tutor says it is a bit colloquial, but that is actually what many advanced learners want so unless you are planning to take your Welsh to degree level this is the grammar book for you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book now!, 11 Dec. 2006
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I bought this book (in an earlier edition) and found it incredibly helpful. It answers all those questions that other grammars seem not to want to tell you about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 10 Sept. 2013
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SO MUCH IN HERE. Gareth has set it all out so well, and its easy to find things, and interesting to look up stuff. Wish I had more time to work through it all. Very thorough and very easy to follow, explanations great. Wish I had bought this one first! Hwyl!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Answered most of my questions, 21 Jan. 2013
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Very useful for intermediate Welsh learners struggling with the seeming inconsistencies of mutations, etc. Clear, straightforward explanations with plenty of examples.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to use, 20 Aug. 2014
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I cannot imagine a more clear and comprehensive grammar handbook than this.
A joy to use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Sept. 2014
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Brilliant but expensive
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Welsh Grammar, 4 Aug. 2011
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Very quick delivery. Item in condition exactly as described.
This is a superb book for anyone trying to understand Welsh Grammar - clear and well written, many, many examples of usage. Highly recommended.
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