on 26 August 2014
If you want to teach yourself Welsh, you can very well do it with this book. I would however recommend to look for support elsewhere, e.g. do a few lessons of the BBC's Big Welsh Challenge before starting with this book, as it plunges right into dialogue at a fairly high level. Generally the course is thorough and at a quick pace, with little opportunity to repeat things so they would keep in mind better. So your knowledge of grammar grows and grows while your stock of vocabulary is still very limited, which is why I would recommend to find things to read or to listen to in addition to this course. What is a constant annoyance is the way new vocabulary is presented: While some words are ignored completely and you have to look them up for yourself, others are listed again and again as new words. Besides, you are made aware of irregular plurals and advised to learn them with the word, but the plural is more often then not left out in the vocabulary section.
To me, Mr King seems to be an ardent lover of Welsh with just too little understanding for the needs of a green learner. I think the fact that he tries to cover the regional differences of the language is a good idea and quite helpful, even if things get more complicated again. I would recommend his dictionnary to go with the course and encourage everybody to get at least a glimpse of this beautiful language.
on 11 May 2009
This is a good book - at least for someone who knows a little Welsh - but I found some of the diction on the CDs with the book rather poor, with words being slurred together. It seems so obvious that to learn a language, each word should be clear and distinct.