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Enjoy your Welsh

Alongside our popular Learn Welsh courses, which include free online taster courses, you can enjoy using and practising your Welsh by taking part in a range of informal learning opportunities.

Your local course provider will hold different activities during the academic year, from coffee mornings and book clubs, to quizzes, gigs, eisteddfod competitions and walking tours.

The National Centre for Learning Welsh also works with different partners, including the Mentrau Iaith language initiatives, to offer activities and events for Welsh learners.

On this page you'll find lots of other ideas for using your Welsh - whether it's listening to Radio Cymru or watching S4C, reading one of the 'Amdani' series of books for Welsh learners, or taking part in our 'Siarad' programme.  Mwynhewch - enjoy!

enjoy your welsh

Listening and watching

Why not enjoy using your Welsh by watching Welsh programmes on S4C or listening to BBC Radio Cymru?

S4C have an online channel for learners, as part of their on-demand service, Clic. Learners can use English subtitles or simplified Welsh subtitles when watching the programmes. There are also box sets available for you to enjoy.  

BBC Radio Cymru have a weekly podcast called 'Pigion', which is suitable for more advanced learners. If you like listening to podcasts, Y Pod have a collection suitable for Welsh learners. 

Music

There are plenty of other ways to enjoy your Welsh. If you’re a fan of contemporary Welsh music, you can find more information on the Dydd Miwsig Cymru page; the annual celebration of Welsh-language music. Why not listen to these Welsh tracks on Spotify or tune in to Radio Cymru? 

We’ve held live gigs recently and you can enjoy listening to them here.

Reading

You can enjoy your Welsh by reading Welsh-language books, magazines and articles. Read news items, features and interviews on BBC Cymru Fyw and Golwg360 where you can use the VOCAB button for English translations. Parallel.cymru also publish interesting articles in Welsh and English. You can also try the blog pages on the National Museum Wales and The National Library of Wales websites.

Click here to read more about Amdani – Learn Welsh Festival of Reading, and to view all books in the Amdani series

Books Council of Wales have published a reading list for Welsh learners. You can see a copy here.

Use this map to find Welsh bookshops in your area.

Amdani
The 'Amdani' series of books is a series for Welsh learners. They are available to buy in Welsh bookshops and on gwales.com
Lingo newydd
Lingo Newydd is a magazine for Welsh learners which offers easy-to-read articles, features, news as well as vocabulary lists.

'Siarad' is a scheme that brings Welsh speakers and Welsh learners on Intermediate+ level together for 10 hours of informal practice. The scheme aims to increase learners’ confidence and introduce them to opportunities to use their Welsh locally.

Mentrau Iaith – language initiatives

There are 22 'Mentrau Iaith' (language initiatives) across Wales who organise different activities through the medium of Welsh. Mentrau Iaith organise events for the family, sporting activities, festivals such as Tafwyl and more.  Click here to find your local ‘Menter Iaith’.

The National Eisteddfod

The National Eisteddfod is a celebration of the culture and language in Wales. The festival is held during August every year, alternating between north and south Wales.  

It’s an inclusive and welcoming festival which attracts thousands of Welsh learners every year with its ‘Pentref Dysgu Cymraeg’ (The Welsh Learners Village). Every year, the Eisteddfod holds a competition called ‘Dysgwr y Flwyddyn’, Learner of the Year, in partnership with the National Centre for Learning Welsh to reward a learner who has made a special effort to use the Welsh language. You can learn more here.

Urdd Gobaith Cymru

Urdd Gobaith Cymru is a National Voluntary Youth Organisation. Since 1922, the Urdd has provided opportunities and experiences through the medium of Welsh for children and young people in Wales.

In 2022, the Urdd celebrated its 100th birthday and the organisation is going from strength to strength. The Urdd provides amazing opportunities for children and young people in Wales including Eisteddfod yr Urdd, opportunities involving sports, residential centres across Wales, apprenticeships, community departments and more.

Are you between the age of 19 and 25? Every year, Eisteddfod yr Urdd holds a competition called ‘Medal y Dysgwyr’, The Learners Medal, which rewards a Welsh learner. More information can be found here.

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru produce Welsh-language dramas. Often, they hold pre-show talks for Welsh learners before their productions and the Sibrwd app offers a live audio translation for non-Welsh speakers and Welsh beginners.

Welsh centres, societies and Merched y Wawr

There are ‘hubs’ such as Saith Seren in Wrexham, Tŷ Tawe in Swansea, Theatr Soar in Merthyr Tydfil, and the Atom in Carmarthen who organise dramas, gigs, lectures and many more social activities. A full list of Welsh societies can be found here.

Why not join Merched y Wawr? Merched y Wawr is a movement for women of all ages and Welsh learners are particularly welcome.

Merched y Wawr