Blandford & District U3A Blandford Forum, Dorset

Charity No: 1092984


Croeso i'r Dosbarth Cymraeg.

Welcome to the Welsh class.

The Welsh group came together during 2012, and currently six members  enjoy the challenge of getting their heads around the pronunciations and the fiendish mutations ; the latter of which involves the beginning of words changing dependent on the nature of the preceding word in the sentence! Confused?....we all are, but we ARE trying hard! We use some of the very helpful learning materials available on the BBC Wales website together with an easy to use text book.

The group members all have some connection with Wales and its language and culture, mostly through family members and through time spent in Wales in our younger years. We all enjoy talking together about our memories of time spent in the country and always find time during our learning sessions to discuss an aspect of Welsh life and culture.

We enjoy wonderful hospitality in the home of our language adviser Ellen Evans who, along with her husband Keith, is a native Welsh speaker and we are very grateful to Margaret Flood, our Group Leader, who is learning the language herself alongside the rest of us whilst structuring our lessons in a varied and interesting way.

Why do we do it?

We sometimes meet the question why learn Welsh?  Here are some of out answers in no particular order of importance.

· Because it's the oldest language in Britain - it was the original British language.

· Because of my family roots and history.

· Because I wanted to study a Celtic language.

· Because I'm rediscovering the language that I spoke as a child.

· Because it sounds beautiful - the language of heaven.

"I've always wanted to improve my rudimentary knowledge of Welsh learnt on childhood visits to my Welsh speaking Mother's family in North Wales. Meeting with the other U3A group members has brought the memories flooding back and it's great fun too!"

 We meet on every other Thursday at 2.30 p.m.

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