Getting hold of Welsh language newspapers or magazines can be very
difficult if you’re not in Wales, but there’s no better
way to improve your reading skills than by sitting down for a good
read. Here are a few worth checking out.
Lingo Newydd (for learners)
Cadwyn (for learners and CYD members)
Y Faner Newydd
A magazines written specifically for learners, Lingo Newydd is an
essential read for every learner. It helpfully indicates which level
each article is pitched at, with blue for beginners, green for improvers
and red for advanced learners. Each article, however small, includes
a list of vocabulary so that you don’t need to refer to your
dictionary every few moments, although I found it handy to have
one around anyway. Articles range from very short snippets to two
page features, and there should be something there for everyone.
Lingo Newydd, d/o Golwg
Blwch Post 4
Llanbedr Pont Steffan
fax: 01570 423 538
thrice yearly, free
Published by CYD, the association for Welsh learners which helps
people gain confidence in using Welsh outside of their classroom,
Cadwyn is mainly fully of CYD news. There are, however, several
interesting articles to be read, with vocabulary, so that it’s
well worth getting, especially as it’s free!
A glossy magazine aimed at young, fluent Welsh speakers, Golwg is
a challenging read for beginners, but well produced and worth buying
even if it's only so you can see what real, living Welsh looks like.
I tend to find my dictionary becomes a permanent feature when trying
to read Golwg, but the rewards are that you do learn a lot of new
words and phrases!
Atolwg is a monthly addition
to Golwg, covering films, music, and other cultural stuff. Only
four pages long, it’s often a marginally easier read, because
at least the film titles are likely to be in English!
Barn means 'opinion', and you'll find plenty of those here! Covering
politics, literature, art, music and television, this magazine is
aimed at fluent speakers. The features look very meaty, and the
Welsh is advanced, so if you want a challenge, Barn will provide
it. I have to admit I haven't actually read it in detail, so if
anyone else wants to rewrite this review from firsthand experience,
01269 831 591
fax: 01269 832 062
Y Faner Newydd
Available via subscription, Y Faner Newydd presumably takes up where
Y Faner left off in 1992. Covering both local-interest stories as
well as looking further afield, in one issue as far afield as Australia,
Y Faner Newydd covers a range of topics include art, history, health,
poetry and more. Aimed a fluent speakers, this will also provide
a learner with lots of new vocabulary.
Satire and humour - this magazine is basically in a Private Eye-style
format, with short pieces and lots of cartoons.
The magazine of the Welsh Music Foundation, honk is mainly and English
mag, but does have a couple of Welsh-language columns, including
one by the irrepressible (and largely incomprehensible) Rhys Mwyn.
The gog's bollocks indeed...
The Welsh newspaper, it is completely Welsh and will provide a lot
of practise for any learner! Content is, as you would expect, news