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This free course, Croeso: Beginners' Welsh, is taken from Croeso, a beginners' language module that concentrates on Welsh as a tool for communication, but it also provides some insights into Welsh societies and cultures through printed and audio materials. It will be of interest to all those who want to improve their language skills in order to communicate more easily and effectively in Welsh. The course focuses on basic greetings and introductions, numbers and days of the week. By the end of the course you will have gained confidence in communicating in Welsh, and you will be able to understand language used by speakers from different areas of Wales. You will develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Welsh.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- greet people and give an introduction in Welsh
- understand the numbers 0-10 in Welsh
- understand the days of the week in Welsh
- exchange basic personal information.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Croeso i'r Gymraeg! Welcome to Welsh!
- 2 Sesiwn 2
- 3 Sesiwn 3
- 4 Sesiwn 4
- 5 Additional reading/writing practice
- Keep on learning
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Croeso: beginners' Welsh
Welsh is a direct descendant of the Celtic language which was spoken in Britain before, during and after the Roman occupation. It is Britain’s oldest spoken language, and possesses a rich cultural history. Closely related to Breton and Cornish, and more distantly to Irish, Manx and Scots Gaelic, it is today spoken by almost 600,000 people in Wales, some 20 per cent of the population.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of level 1 study in.
You can learn more about Wales, the Welsh people and the Welsh language in the free course Discovering Wales and Welsh: first steps, which is based on the Open University course LG001 Discovering Wales and Welsh.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Welsh courses or view the range of currently available OU Welsh courses.
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Originally published: Friday, 1st April 2016
Last updated on: Friday, 1st April 2016
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