Croeso cynnes and welcome to Ymlaen! This is the new blog for all of you who are in the process of learning Welsh – Cymraeg!!! – and would like some company on the way.
Learning any language can be a slow, confusing and sometimes also a very lonely experience, and learning Welsh is no exception. Especially when you haven’t got the time or opportunity to join regular classes. I know. I’ve been there. And most of my students have, too. Which is where Ymlaen comes in.
What can you expect from Ymlaen?
Ymlaen will bring you easy-to-digest bits and pieces of grammar, useful words and phrases, short articles in easy Welsh, book reviews, and some more general advice on the tactics of language learning. Most of it will be in English, some of it will be in Welsh, and hopefully all of it will be of use for some of you out there. So stay tuned and make sure to watch this space!
By the way: At the bottom of all my posts you will find the necessary Welsh vocabulary.
Who’s this writing anyway?
Susanne ydw i – neu “Siw”. Dw i’n byw yn yr Almaen heddiw, ond mi oeddwn i’n byw yng Nghymru yn y 1990au. Fe astudiais i Gymraeg, Anthropoleg ac Astudiaethau Celtaidd yn Aberystwyth a Llanbedr Pont Steffan. Dw i’n gweithio fel newyddiadurwraig ac fel tiwtor Cymraeg (a Saesneg…) mewn canolfan addysg i oedolion yn Wolfenbüttel.
Dych chi’n gwybod ble mae Wolfenbüttel? Wel, edrychwch ar y map:
If you did understand that, you will now know that I (Susanne or Siw) live in Germany today, but was living in Wales in the 1990s. I studied Welsh, Anthropology and Celtic Studies in Aberystwyth and Llanbedr Pont Steffan (Lampeter). I work as a journalist and as a tutor of Welsh (and English….) at an adult education centre in Wolfenbüttel.
Iawn? Wel, diolch am eich diddordeb! Wela i chi nes Ymlaen!
Geirfa / Vocabulary:
addysg – education
(yr*) Almaen – Germany
*And yes, you definitely need the definite article before Almaen. In Welsh it’s “the Germany”!
anthropoleg – anthropology
astudiaethau – studies
ble – where
blwyddyn – year
byw – to live
canolfan – centre
Celtaidd – Celtic
croeso (i) – welcome (to)
Cymraeg – Welsh (language)
Cymru – Wales;
yng Nghymru – in Wales
cynnes – warm
diddordeb – interest
diolch – thanks
edrych – to look
gweld – to see
Wela i chi! – See you!
Wela i chi nes ymlaen! – See you soon!
gweithio – to work
gwybod – to know
iawn – alright, okay
Can also mean “very” as in da iawn, “very good”.
map – map (And who said Welsh was difficult????)
newydd – new
newyddiadurwr – journalist
newyddiadurwraig – a female journalist
oedolion – adults (one adult would be oedolyn)
tiwtor – tutor
ymlaen – onward, forward
I’m Susanne and I teach Welsh (oh, and English!) in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.