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papers and magazines

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)
Golwg/Atolwg
Barn
Y Faner Newydd
LOL
honk
Y Cymro


Lingo 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
Ceredigion
SA48 7LX

tel: 01570 423529
fax: 01570 423 538
email: lingonewydd@golwg.com


Cadwyn

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!

Cadwyn
Swyddfa CYD
10 Maes Lowri
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 2AU
tel/fax: 01970 622 143
email: jjt998@aber.ac.uk
internet: www.aber.ac.uk/cyd


Golwg/Atolwg

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!

Golwg
Blwch Post 4
Llanbedr Pont Steffan
Ceredigion
SA48 7LX

tel: 01570 423529
fax: 01570 423 538
email: ymholiadau@golwg.com
or
atolwg@golwg.com


Barn

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, please do!

Barn
Uned 1A
Gweithdai Busnes
Parc Busnes
Cross Hands
Llanelli
SA14 6RB

tel: 01269 831 591
fax: 01269 832 062
email: barn@andydark.demon.co.uk


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.

Y Faner Newydd
Gwynllys
Groeslon
Gwynedd
LL54 7ST

email: fanernewydd@btinternet.com


LOL
Satire and humour - this magazine is basically in a Private Eye-style format, with short pieces and lots of cartoons.

LOL
Pendinas
Blwch Post 121
Aberystwyth
SY23 3WX

email: lolwyr@yahoo.com


honk
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...

honk
The Welsh Music Foundation
Ty Cefn
Rectory Road
Canton
Cardiff
CF5 1QL

tel: 029 266 8127
email: honk@welshmusicfoundation.com

Y Cymro
The Welsh newspaper, it is completely Welsh and will provide a lot of practise for any learner! Content is, as you would expect, news and sport.

Y Cymro
Parc Busnes
Yr Wyddgrug
Ffordd Wrecsam
Sir y Fflint
CH7 1XY

tel: 01352 707 751
fax: 01352 752 180
email: newyddion@y-cymro.co.uk
web: http://www.y-cymro.co.uk

 


     

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