by Flann ORiain
A book of Welsh cartoons by Flann ORiain, this really is a lazy
read, a total no-brainer. You dont need to know much (if any)
Welsh to understand the cartoons, but if you get stuck, there are
explanations liberally scattered throughout the book. Whatever your
level, you should be able to zip through this book in no time.
How much you learn from it, though, is debatable. The Welsh
used is not exactly the more relaxed, colloquial Welsh that
you might be used to, e.g. Rydw i yn cysgu, is
used where Dw in cysgu might seem more natural.
Its not that one version is more or less correct than
the other, but whilst Ive heard people using Dw
, Ive yet to hear any of my friends
using Rydw i yn
and to me it seems somewhat
Of course, this is one of the problems with learning Welsh
- there are many local variations, as well at the differences
between the written and spoken languages. The disclaimer that
Lazy Way to Welsh isnt attempting to teach grammar is
just as well, really.
That said, you can pick up quite a bit of vocabulary without any
real effort, which is what this book is primarily about. The combination
of cartoons and captions means that you can learn a few new words
and phrases quite easily just by keeping this book on your coffee
table or in your toilet for spur-of-the-moment browsing.
Lazy Way to Welsh