Language History & Culture
If you are moving to the area you may already know a great deal or very little about Wales. This section aims to provide you with a range of sites that will give you a brief overview of Welsh history and culture. Pob lwc a chroeso! / Best of luck and welcome!
Welsh & Local History
To find out more about Wales’ interesting history visit the following websites:
Welsh Culture & Language
The Welsh Language is one of the oldest European languages. Today, it remains a vibrant community language and is also increasingly used in various aspects of daily life. As is the case throughout most of Europe, bilingualism in Wales is increasingly becoming accepted as being completely natural and normal.
Here in North West Wales, Welsh is spoken by 70% of the population and is used extensively in the public sector. The University itself is committed to treating Welsh and English on a basis of equality and operates a comprehensive Language Scheme.
Further information is available on the Moving to Wales website which has been developed by the Welsh Language Board for the benefit of those moving here to live.
In the meantime, if you would like to hear what Welsh sounds like, click here.
- The Welsh Language
- The Welsh Language Commissioner
- Welsh Government
- The National Eisteddfod of Wales
Below is a booklet developed by Gwynedd County Council, providing an introduction to the culture and language to the county within which the University is located:
Below is a list of organisations who offer Welsh language courses.
- University staff who decide to learn Welsh usually follow the programmes provided by the School of Lifelong Learning who offer places free of charge to University staff.
- Canolfan Bedwyr offers Advanced Welsh Courses for Wesh speakers and fluent learners who wish to improve their written Welsh, visit the Language Improvement Unit web page at Canolfan Bedwyr
- ACEN - A web site for Welsh Learners
- BBC - Welsh Learners Site
If you wish to learn Welsh, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass on your details to the School of Lifelong Learning.
Here a few key phrases to help you on your way!
|Bore Da||Good Morning|
|P’nawn Da||Good Afternoon|
|Nos Da||Good Night|
|Sut dach chi?||How are you?|
|Da iawn, diolch||Very well thank you|
|Reit dda||Fine thanks|
|Hwyl or Ta ra||Good bye|
|Wela i chi eto||See you again|