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Welsh Classes & Learner Links

NINNAU & Y Drych provides information on Welsh language classes, conversation groups, and online resources for Welsh Learners. If you know of a class that is not listed or would like to recommend an online resource, please let us know. To list your class or event, see Submit an Event.

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Welsh Classes and Conversation Groups

National/Regional

Cwrs Cymraeg
Annual week of immersion in Welsh language and culture. Cwrs Cymraeg features five hours of daily language instruction taught by experienced Welsh teachers from Wales and North America. Also singing, dancing, a pub quiz night, Welsh films and games, an eisteddfod, noson lawen (talent night) and field trip to a place of local interest. All learners are welcome, beginner to advanced. Presented by Cymdethas Madog, the Welsh Studies Institute of North America, Inc. Cwrs Cymraeg 2018 will be held at Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, July 15-22, 2018 (tentative). Info, registration, and scholarship info: www.madog.org, facebook.com/cymdeithasmadog or email secretary@madog.org

Welsh Heritage Week
Annual week of immersion in Welsh language and culture. Week-long course on everything Welsh, including: language lessons, folk dancing, clogging, hymn singing, harp lessons, Welsh literature, and so much more. All levels are welcome. Sponsored by the Welsh Harp & Heritage Society of North America, Inc. Welsh Heritage Week 2018 details to be announced. Info: Contact Beth Landmesser, hwyl@ptd.net or 570-814-7689.

United States

Arizona

Phoenix, AZ
Welsh class meets online Tuesday evenings online via Google Hangouts. Sponsored by the Welsh League of Arizona. Info: John Good, 623-939-0209.

Colorado

Denver, CO
Welsh language classes sponsored by the Colorado Welsh Society, Tuesday evenings, October through May. Separate Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced Classes meets from 7:00-8:30pm, followed by a "Te Bach" from 8:30-9:00 pm. 2017-18 session begins October 3, 2017. Info: www.facebook.com/events/751966731677313/ or coloradowelshsociety.org/mainpages/language.htm or contact Elis Owens, 303-427-7188, or language@coloradowelshsociety.org

District of Columbia

Washington, DC
Washington Welsh Language Group meets monthly, first Saturday of every month, 10:30-noon, Teaism at Penn Quarter, 400 8th St. (near the Archives Metro station). A chance to chat in Welsh with learners and native speakers. All levels welcome. Buy food & drink upstairs, then meet downstairs. Info: www.washingtondcwelsh.org

Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN
Welsh language classes, 2:00-4:30 pm, second Sunday of the month, sponsored by the St. David's Society of Minnesota. Two groups meet on alternating Sundays. All levels welcome to one or both groups. For 2016-2017: Welsh Language Group will meet Nov 13, Jan 8, March 12, and May 14, at the Bradshaw residence. Welsh Conversation Group will meet Oct 9, Dec 11, Feb 12, April 9, and June 11, at the Mergenthal residence. Info: Laurel Bradshaw, llawryf@yahoo.com or www.stdavidsofmn.org

St. Paul, MN
Cwrs Cymraeg 2018 will be held at Hamline University, July 15-22, 2018 (tentative). Cwrs features five hours of daily language instruction taught by experienced Welsh teachers from Wales and North America. Also singing, dancing, a pub quiz night, Welsh films and games, an eisteddfod, noson lawen (talent night) and field trip to a place of local interest. All learners are welcome, beginner to advanced. Presented by Cymdethas Madog, the Welsh Studies Institute of North America, Inc. Info, registration, and scholarship info: www.madog.org, facebook.com/cymdeithasmadog or email secretary@madog.org

New York

Capital District, NY (Albany, Schenectady, Troy)
Continuing Welsh classes: Based on student interest. Please contact for deails. Siop Siarad: Welsh language conversation and tutorial, every Saturday, 11:00 am, Panera, 65 Wolf Road, in Colonie, NY. Info: nycapitalwelsh.yolasite.com

Utica, NY
Occasional adult classes on Wales and/or Welsh are held at Mohawk Valley Community College. Info: Rainer Morgan, rainer2@stny.rr.com

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA
St. David's Society of Pittsburgh weekly Welsh classes. Two 12-week sessions per year taught at Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, 4200 Fifth Ave., in Oakland. Spring 2017 session, March 15-May 31, one evening per week. Info: Dale Richards, 412-795-4050, reddragondale@yahoo.com or Linda Davoli, gwerthwresgair@gmail.com

Canada

Ontario

Ottawa, Ontario
Awr Sgwrsio. Learn Welsh with Welsh speakers, first or second Monday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm, Clock Tower Pub, 575 Bank St. Info: Alison Lawson, 613-725-2704 or alisonlawson@rogers.com.

Toronto, Ontario
Welsh language classes. Beginners, Fridays, 7:00-9:00 pm. Intermediate and advanced, Saturdays, 9:00 am - noon. All classes meet in the Clinton Library of Dewi Sant Welsh United Chruch, 33 Melrose Ave. Taught by John Otley. Sponsored by Dewi Sant Welsh United Church. Info: TiwtorCymraeg@sympatico.ca or www.dewisant.com/dosbarth/index.html

British Columbia

Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Welsh Society Welsh Class meets most Mondays from 7:00-9:00 pm (except on days with Society meetings). Detailed info: www.welshsociety.com/Lab5/welsh-classes-at-the-cambrian-hall/
Welsh Speaking Group meets 3rd Monday of the month at 10:30 to chat in Welsh. Info: www.welshsociety.com
Both meet at The Cambrian Hall, 215 East 17th Avenue, Vancouver. Tel: 604-876-2815.

Wales

Nant Gwrtheyrn, Wales
Nant Gwrtheyrn Welsh Language and Heritage Centre offers 3 and 5 day residential Welsh courses at all levels throughout the year, as well as customized group courses. Located in a historic and picturesque setting at Nant Gwrtheyrn, Pwllheli, Wales. Info: www.nantgwrtheyrn.org/

 

Online Welsh Classes

AmeriCymraeg
americymru.net/americymru/blog/category/cymraeg
Live online beginner and intermediate classes offered throughout the year. Two month term of weekly classes is $55. Taught by John Good.

Duolingo
www.duolingo.com
Free interactive lessons include speaking, listening, translation, and multiple choice challenges. Instant answers and explanations, virtual rewards.

Big Welsh Challenge
www.bbc.co.uk/wales/learnwelsh/bigwelshchallenge
Free interactive video course for beginning Welsh learners. Includes North and South Wales versions. Produced by BBC Wales.

Say Something in Welsh
www.saysomethingin.com/welsh/
Welsh lessons emphasizing oral Welsh as opposed to written. Lessons consist of audio files in two versions for the dialects of North and South Wales. Free registration required.

Catchprase
http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/catchphrase/catchphrase1/lessons1.shtml
Comprehensive audio course of 144 lessons (no video). This is an archived course, so not all links function. Click on "MP3" and "Word" icons for each lesson rather than on lesson name to access files.

Online Welsh Course by Mark Nodine (Cardiff University)
www.cs.cf.ac.uk/fun/welsh/home.html
Text based course has no audio or video, but lessons provide detailed explanations of grammar.

 

Learning Resources

BBC Cymru Fyw
www.bbc.com/cymrufyw
BBC news in Welsh with emphasis on UK and Welsh news. Get help reading the news by clicking on the red "VOCAB" button. Then hover over any underlined word and the English translation is provided.

BBC Learn Welsh
www.bbc.co.uk/wales/learning/learnwelsh
Resources for Welsh learners including online Welsh lessons, programs, and other learning resources. Includes games and activies for children learning Welsh.

Channel S4C
www.s4c.cymru/
Welsh language television programming. Not all programming is available outside Wales. To access programs from outside Wales, see International Newsletter.

Gwales.com (Welsh Books Council)
www.gwales.com
Online source for books from Wales, print & ebooks, worldwide delivery, reviews, advice, bestseller lists. You select the bookshop that receives commission on your orders.

 

Dictionaries

Gweiadur
www.gweiadur.com/en/Pawb
Includes definitions, audio prounciation, synonyms, use in phrases, and grammatical advice. Search by mutated forms and conjugated verb forms. Verb entries include conjugations in every tense. Free registration required.

Geiriadur Bangor (Bangor University)
geiriadur.bangor.ac.uk
For terms not found in this dictionary, links are provided to results in other online specialty dictionaries.

Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru/University of Wales Dictionary
www.welsh-dictionary.ac.uk
Historical dictionary includes vocabulary from earliest to modern texts. Vocabulary is defined in Welsh, with English equivalents. Also provides variant forms, collocations, and etymology. Searchable both Welsh-English and English-Welsh.

Geiriadur: Welsh-English / English-Welsh On-line Dictionary (University of Wales, Trinity Saint David)
www.geiriadur.net
In addition to traditional search, can also search sayings and compound terms, whole word or partial term, and more.

The Welsh Academy English-Welsh Dictionary
geiriaduracademi.org/
English to Welsh searching only, but Advanced Search allows searching phrases and compound words.


 



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