Many of BBC Radio Cymru’s best-known presenters have shown their support for Welsh learners by recording special messages for the new Welsh learners website, learnwelsh.cymru.
The audio clips, recorded by presenters Aled Hughes, Shân Cothi, Tommo, John Hardy and Geraint Lloyd are part of a new collaboration between the National Centre for Learning Welsh, the body responsible for the Welsh for Adults learning programme, and BBC Radio Cymru.
As part of the new partnership, content produced by Radio Cymru will be used in Welsh classes so that Welsh learners are able to hear and learn new vocabulary. The National Centre will also encourage its learners to listen to Radio Cymru regularly in order to develop their language skills.
The audio clips can be heard in a freely available digital library, created by the National Centre on its website. The new resources are compatible with Entry level courses, which are for beginners.
Helen Prosser, Director of Strategy at the National Centre for Learning Welsh said:
Creating opportunities for learners to enjoy speaking and practicing Welsh is an important part of the National Centre’s work. This latest partnership with BBC Radio Cymru introduces the station to a new audience; listening to the radio is also a great way for our learners to practice their Welsh. It’s an opportunity for learners to hear different vocabulary being used and to practice what they have learned in class.
BBC Radio Cymru's Editor, Betsan Powys, said:
If Radio Cymru is a voice for Wales, then we are a voice for all - and what better way to welcome Welsh learners to the service than by using our presenters' voices to support their learning?