This is our fully featured online Welsh language course. The classes will be conducted on Google hangouts and will involve fully interactive video and voice sessions. For more information, term dates and to enrol go here: AmeriCymraeg
ABOUT THE TEACHER
John Good is well known throughout the West, South, Midwest and in his native Wales as a multi-instrumentalist, Welsh piper, singer/songwriter, composer and poet. Veteran of many Celtic festivals and concerts, including Estes Park, Chicago, San Diego and Denver, he brings the subtly different flavor of traditional Welsh music to the stage. John speaks and teaches the Welsh language ( Y Gymraeg ), is a member of the traditional band Tramor and is the president of the Welsh League of Arizona .
A message from John Good:-
Hello everyone, John Good dw i, I am Sioni Dda and will be leading the newydd spon danlli /brand-spanking new flame-colored interactive, on-line Welsh course on AmeriCymru, to be known as Ameri Cymraeg .
Let me tell you a little about myself so that we can understand each other better from the dechrau. I was born in South Wales in the Afan Valley and Welsh/Y Gymraeg and English were spoken in the house. By the time I left school, I knew less Welsh than when I started … I had little interest in a dying language , and anyway the Beatles sang in English and all of my friends spoke it. Fast forward 25 years, having moved to San Francisco, LA then Phoenix all of a sudden I realized I had robbed myself of a major part of my cultural identity and I set about re-learning Yr Hen Iaith/the Old Language so that I could talk to my aging mother in the language of her youth. I achieved that and, in the last 15 years or so, have taught a surprising number of desert dwellers and others, among other things, how to pronounce popty-ping [popty /oven--that goes--ping] or microwave.
The language is now a passion of mine and I look forward to the opportunity to pass on what I cherish: The truly healthiest dying language in the world.
Y Driniaeth/The Approach
I’ve assembled my approach to teaching from a number of sources over the years: John Albert Evans, Rhodri Jones, Heini Gruffudd, and Gareth King to name but a few, but have also assembled a fairly large dossier on how not to teach Welsh. I’ll be working from my own play book, illustrated with the borrowings from the best teachers I know. As a musician I am attracted to the “by ear” method: Language as sound, much like a melody with meaning. After all young children don’t use grammar books (although for adults they have their place), they associate repeated sounds with objects and people.
Adnoddau ar-lein/On Line Resources
We are very lucky these days that there are a myriad of on-line resources that I would have killed for when I was first looking to revive my heritage. I’ll go through these in detail later on, as they all have special strong points, but for now….
Well, I hope this has sparked your interest. I got pumped up just writing it! I look forward to seeing you on Google Hangout (Also free!).
Hwyl am y tro/Bye for now, Sioni Dda/John Good.
2. Croeseiriau Cymraeg
This course is perfect for auto-didacts. You do not need to join AmeriCymru to take it, and all materials are public. There are no course fees. Basically, you can simply dive in, devise your own study schedule and make use of the various resources ( crosswords, translation exercises etc ) as and when you need them. You can think of it as an online textbook together with a dedicated course dictionary which covers all the vocabulary you will need. For more information go to this page and read the 'Introduction' and 'Start Here' tabs: Croeseiriau Cymraeg
Welsh Word of the Day
You might also wish to start out with our Welsh Word of the Day feature which is posted on AmeriCymru, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Our daily 'word cards' will introduce you to new vocabulary, sample sentences, help with pronunciation and much more. Perfect for the auto-didact, you can find WWOTD here:- Facebook , Twitter and the AmeriCymru Grwp Y Gymraeg (You will need to be logged in and a member the Grwp Y Gymraeg if you wish to follow on AmeriCymru) .
The Geiriadur will comprise 2000 entries approx. It is primarily intended for use with the Croeseiriau Cymraeg course. It could also be used as a standalone resource to help you expand and test your Welsh vocabulary. When you consider that fluency in any language normally requires a vocabulary of around 10,000 words, this resource will get you off to a good start. There are sound recordings on many of the Geiriadur pages to help you with pronunciation. ...
A group for anyone who wants to learn or practice Welsh. Use Croeseiriau Cymraeg to learn at your own pace. No registration, fees or formal classes. Join the group for support and use the comment wall or forum to post any questions, suggestions or feature requests. Sign Up / Login (You will need to join the group after registering with the site) .
The group also features our Welsh Word of the Day feature and a number of other archived resources from the old AmeriCymru site.
We hope that you will find the above resources useful in your quest for mastery of 'yr hen iaith'.