Enjoy your Welsh
- Alongside our popular Learn Welsh courses, which include free online taster courses, you can enjoy using your Welsh by taking part in a range of informal learning opportunities.
- Your local course provider will hold different activities, from coffee mornings and book clubs, to quizzes, gigs, and competitions.
- You can also use Duolingo and SaySomethinWelsh to support your learning.
Listening and watching
- You can enjoy your Welsh by watching S4C or listening to BBC Radio Cymru.
- S4C has an online channel for learners, and you can use English subtitles or simplified Welsh subtitles. You can also enjoy a range of box sets.
- BBC Radio Cymru has a weekly podcast called 'Pigion', which is suitable for experienced learners. Other podcasts are available at Y Pod.
- You can enjoy reading news items, features and interviews on BBC Cymru Fyw and Golwg360 (use the VOCAB button for English translations).
- Learn more about our Amdani Festival of Reading and the popular books in the Amdani series.
- The Books Council of Wales has published a reading list for Welsh learners.
- Use this map to find Welsh bookshops in your area.
The 'Amdani' books are available at five learning levels. You can buy them in Welsh bookshops and on gwales.com.
'Siarad' (the Welsh word for 'speak') is a voluntary scheme that brings Welsh speakers and learners at Intermediate+ levels together for 10 hours of informal practise. The aim is to help build learners' confidence and introduce them to opportunities to use their Welsh locally.
The National Eisteddfod
- The National Eisteddfod is a week-long celebration of Welsh culture and language, held each August, alternating between north and south Wales.
- It’s an inclusive, welcoming festival which attracts thousands of Welsh learners every year with its ‘Maes D’ (Welsh learners' village).
- One of the highlights is the ‘Dysgwr y Flwyddyn' competition (Welsh Learner of the Year), which rewards a learner who has made a special effort to use the Welsh language.
Urdd Gobaith Cymru
- Urdd Gobaith Cymru is a national youth organisation, established in 1922, which delivers opportunities and experiences through the medium of Welsh for children and young people.
- The Urdd runs three residential camps, children's magazines and sport and other apprenticeships, and holds an annual eisteddfod of its own.
- Are you aged 19-25? The Urdd Eisteddfod honours a young Welsh learner each year with its ‘Medal Bobi Jones.'
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru produces Welsh-language drama. Pre-show talks for Welsh learners are often held before a performance, 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 Welsh language hubs such as Saith Seren in Wrexham, Tŷ Tawe in Swansea, Theatr Soar in Merthyr Tydfil, and the Atom in Carmarthen, which organise dramas, gigs, lectures and many more social activities.
- Why not join Merched y Wawr? Merched y Wawr is a movement for women of all ages and Welsh learners are particularly welcome.
- You can find a list of Welsh societies on Y Lolfa's Welsh Directory.