Welsh Classes at the Cambrian Hall

The Vancouver Welsh Society offers free Welsh language classes to the public. Classes are designed for all levels of Welsh learners, and beginners are always welcome at any point in the term.

The schedule for the spring term is as follows:

7 pm to 7.50 pm, grammar / speaking practice                                                                       8.10–9 pm, reading from Bore Da

  • 12 January: Lesson Eleven.
  • 19 January: Lesson Twelve.
  • 26 January: No Meeting—Vanc. Welshmen’s Choir in the Red Dragon
  • 2 February: Lesson Thirteen.
  • 9 February: Lesson Fourteen.
  • 16 February: Lesson Fifteen.
  • 23 February: No Meeting—Vanc. Welshmen’s Choir in the Red Dragon
  • 2 March: Lesson Sixteen.
  • 9 March: Lesson Seventeen.
  • 16 March: No Meeting—A. Minard away at California Celtic Conference
  • 23 March: No Meeting—Vanc. Welshmen’s Choir in the Red Dragon
  • 30 March: Lesson Eighteen.
  • 6 April: Lesson Nineteen.
  • 13 April: Lesson Twenty.

Regular-term classes for beginners meet from 7:00 to 7:50 pm, with emphasis on listening, speaking, and basic grammar, following the lessons online here (autumn) or here (spring). The focus is on conversational South Welsh. (Those interested in North Welsh are more than welcome: the decision is practical rather than political.)

The class for intermediate and advanced learners follows from 8:10 to 9:00 pm, focusing on reading with more emphasis on building vocabulary in context and more advanced grammar. Beginners are more than welcome to attend this class: the point is to become more familiar with the living language, and to build vocabulary by recognizing words in context.

For the 2016–7 reading, we will be using the first book to be published in Welsh as both a printed book and an audiobook: Bore Da (ISBN 978-1847714664), read aloud by its author. (Story about it here; Welsh books can be ordered from gwales.com as well as other online retailers, and the audiobook is also available from audible.com.)

This series of Welsh classes is led by Dr. Antone Minard, our prif ddysgwr (“main learner”), who began learning Welsh in university in California in the 1990s and improved markedly while living in Aberystwyth. The Society’s community of native Welsh speakers has offered considerable support, including attending the classes to help us with pronunciation and usage.

Online Links for Learning Welsh

This short list is only a stepping stone to the many excellent Welsh resources available online.

Writing system:

http://www.omniglot.com/writing/welsh.htm

This is a good overview of the Welsh writing system, with links to further resources.

Lessons:

http://www.cs.cf.ac.uk/fun/welsh

Although this is rather old by internet standards, the author, Mark Nodine, is very good at presenting Welsh to a North American audience.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/learning/learnwelsh

The BBC has a number of Welsh learning resources, from the Big Welsh Challenge to news stories in Welsh.

Dictionary:

http://www.geiriadur.net

An online dictionary hosted through Lampeter.

http://geiriadur.ac.uk/gpc/gpc.html

An online dictionary hosted through the University of Wales.

Many old-fashioned dictionaries are online through Google Books; type your word and “Welsh Dictionary” into the search box at,

http://books.google.ca