Organizations and Events of National and Local Interest
Wisconsin Gymanfa Ganu Association
The Cambrian Benevolent Society of Chicago
Cambrian Heritage Society of Madison
Traveling west? Call in Madison!
Welsh Heritage Week
North American Festival of Wales
▶ The National Festival returns to Milwaukee in 2019
Welsh Language Resources
One of Wales’s greatest struggles has been to save its language. Welsh schoolchildren were long forbidden to speak the language in school and were punished for doing so. As a result, Welsh was almost completely displaced by English in many parts of the country, hanging on mainly in north and west Wales. However, in the past decades, there has been a strong movement to revive the language, with the Welsh Language Society being founded in 1962. Today, both Welsh and English are official languages in Wales. Many communities in Wales require elementary education in Welsh. Depending on the source, about 20% of the Welsh people are able to speak the language today. Language is culture. Language is power!
If you’re interested in learning Welsh, there are many resources available.
A website and phone app that offers extensive free courses in more than 20 languages, including Welsh (of course!). This app is amazing!
Say Something In Welsh
Another website and phone app (SSiWelsh) that offers 25 free listening and speaking lessons from native speakers. The emphasis is not on grammar but on listening, repeating, and recognizing patterns. Lessons can be downloaded for use offline. Choose between Northern and Southern Welsh dialects.
Welsh audiobooks on Audible
Audible (an audiobook subscription service) has two books in Welsh available. One in particular, Coed y Brenin, by Colin Jones, is targeted for the Welsh learner and is just an hour long. Even if you can’t understand it, download it and listen from time to time, just to let the sound of Welsh wash over you! Subscriptions start at $14.95 and you can download one book as a free trial. Available as a phone app as well.
NINNAU & Y Drych
NINNAU & Y Drych is the North American Welsh Newspaper®. It is the result of the 2003 merger of NINNAU, the then North American Welsh Newspaper, and Y Drych (The Mirror), the oldest Welsh newspaper in the Americas. Now united as one newspaper, NINNAU & Y Drych provides complete coverage of the North American Welsh community.
One of the benefits of membership in the Welsh Club is a discounted rate for subscriptions to NINNAU & Y Drych. Keep in touch with news from North America, Cymru (Wales), Patagonia, and the rest of the world. A must for all Welsh patriots! Available in print and online.
Download a printable PDF subscription form. (Coming Soon!)