You don’t have to live in Wales to learn Welsh. There are many books, online resources as well as classroom learning tools available. Here are some useful websites to help you get started -
- Acen provides all sorts of information for Welsh learners.
- The digital magazine parallel.cymru presents free bilingual articles and resources.
- Nant Gwrtheyrn Welsh Language Centre, located in a former quarrying village of the Llŷn Peninsula specialises in Welsh for adults and residential courses.
- You can search for a local course on the Cymraeg website.There are several Welsh for Adults Centres in South West Wales, Cardiff and the Vale, and North Wales that often welcome international students on their summer courses.
- The BBC website has a range of resources to help you learn or improve your Welsh and there are resources for helping to teach children.
- Select the Welsh option on the website Duolingo and learn a little Welsh every day.
A living language
Welsh is a living language. It is part of the Welsh identity and is used in conversation by thousands and can be seen throughout Wales. The Welsh Language Act 1993, Government of Wales Act 1998, and Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 provide that the Welsh and English languages should be treated equally. Public bodies are required to prepare and implement a Welsh Language Scheme. In 2017, the Welsh Government unveiled a new strategy, ‘Cymraeg 2050’, to increase the number of Welsh speakers in Wales to 1 million by 2050 and to build a platform in society for Welsh to be spoken more often.
Anglesey Council has produced a guide to living in a bilingual nation for people who are moving to Wales.