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Welsh: A Complete Course for Beginners (Teach Yourself) (English and Welsh Edition) Rhys Jones(Author)

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Book Welsh: A Complete Course for Beginners (Teach Yourself) (English and Welsh Edition)

Welsh: A Complete Course for Beginners (Teach Yourself) (English and Welsh Edition)

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Original name book: Welsh: A Complete Course for Beginners (Teach Yourself) (English and Welsh Edition)

Pages: Unknown

Language: English, Welsh

Publisher: Teach Yourself; Pap/Cas edition (September 1, 1993)

By: Rhys Jones(Author)

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Category - Reference

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An introduction to modern Welsh as it is spoken everyday in Wales. A cassette is available to help pronunciation and understanding.

Text: English, Welsh

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Customer Reviews
  • By T. M. Sell on July 7, 2001

    The worst foreign language package I have ever purchased. The tape set jumps immediately from "hello" and "goodbye" into long, complicated, and untranslated dialogues entirely in Welsh. This makes it useless for listening to in the car. The book, after an introductory pronunciation guide, offers no pronunciation help afterward, which, in Welsh, would appear to be essential. This was a complete waste of $20.

  • By FrKurt Messick on October 14, 2005

    Welsh is a wonderful, ancient language that has survived on the fringe of the island of Great Britain despite the dominance of its now world-wide-dominant neighbour, English. The literary works, particularly the poetry, has great power, even when translated into English, and English speakers can get a sense of the flavour of this Celtic language from the various worlds that have been absorbed into English.This course created by T. J. Rhys Jones (about as Welsh a name as they come) is a very easy, step-by-step process to learn what is in many ways a very difficult language - particularly for English speakers, whose language comes from Germanic and Latinate roots, going to a Celtic language which stems from a different tree is truly an excursion into foreign territory. Rhys Jones has made this trip quite enjoyable, and quite do-able.Unlike English, Welsh pronunciation is a lot less flexible in terms of matching spelling to sound, so learning the pronunciation is a bit easier to do. The grammar seciont also looks at the way words are put together - like many languages, there are colloquial expressions and multi-word phrases that stand in for single English words, and vice-versa. Each unit starts with a brief dialogue, which is then analysed for vocabulary and for grammar structure, and any other points of interest.There is also an introductory section on mutations, the shift of a sound from one to another depending upon use - Rhys Jones gives the examples of road signs: the word for Wales is Cymru, but a border sign when crossing into Wales might read Croeso i Gymru; similarly, the word for England is Lloegr, but the sign might read Croeso i Loegr. This is a codification in letters of what happens in regular speech - we do not as a rule stop and start between each word, and the spelling in Welsh takes this into account.There are a few difficulties with the text. While Rhys Jones indicates that there are dialect differences, some of the words don't match what I heard while in Wales in any location. As with any language text, I am more often to account the difficulty to myself than to the author of the instructional text.There is a glossary of words in the back, but I often found myself wishing it were a fuller dictionary rather than a simple word list. There are exercises to work through, whose translations are found in the appendix, as well as more detailed tables on mutations, gender in language constructions, the special verb 'have', which in Welsh can be variously translated as gyda, cael, wedi, or rhaid.This is a useful text; used in connection with travel or a book of poetry (Dafydd ap Gwilym is one of my favourite poets).

  • By Gwilym on September 14, 2000

    Whatever you're looking for, this is not the book for you. I see that two beginners have very high opinions about this book, and I guess that they have found it easy to use. The problem is that the form of Welsh used in the book does not exit. I am not a beginner, I've lived in Wales, I speak Welsh, I watch TV in Welsh, etc. etc. In short, I know the Welsh language quite well. Written Welsh is a very archaic language, and we can still read texts written in Welsh 800AD, while ordinary English-speakers can't read Beowulf except in translation. Spoken Welsh is however not so archaic, so the difference between written and spoken Welsh in considerable. Now, Teach Yourself Welsh uses a form invented to be a bridge between the written and spoken language, but fails utterly. If you use this book you will be unable to understand written texts in Welsh, and if you try to speak.. Well, most people will understand you, but I can assure you that you will sound funny. For example, the written Welsh for "I am" is "Yr wyf", while the spoken form is "Dw I". In this book you will learn to say "Rydw I", a form which has never been used in writing nor in speech.Welsh is a wonderful language, and posseses some of the oldest stories in Europe, among them the tales of King Arthur, Merlin etc. It is definitely worth learning this language, which is truth is quite easy, but this is not the book to use. I strongly recommend "Colloquial Welsh" by Gareth King, which gives the beginner a good command of spoken Welsh, and also gives the outlines of the written language.

  • By Gwilym on October 21, 2001

    Normally I don't like the books in the Teach Yourself series, since they're much to often based on artficial forms of the language in question and aren't that user-friendly. This book is one of the best, though. It presents a very neat presentation of Welsh, explaining most forms of grammar and giving a decent vocabulary. I do recommend it, but want to point out that Colloquial Welsh by Gareth King is an even better and more complete introduction to Welsh

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