Welsh Gaelic for Teens Beginner Plus Talk the Talk
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Learn to speak Welsh Gaelic! Talk The Talk is designed with teenagers social lives in mind. It concentrates on the words and phrases young people need for social conversation, including plenty of useful, up-to-date vocabulary. It then builds their spoken confidence, allowing them to compare their accent to that of a native speaker.
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This versatile software CD-ROM installs on any Windows PC or Mac (OS 10.3.9 or higher). It even has files you can transfer to your iPod for language learning on the go!
What will I learn?
To talk about the things that are relevant to you. We wont bother you with lots of information you wont need or dont find interesting.
Talk The Talk teaches phrases like Ill send you a text message later and we won the game on penalties. Topics include family, school, hobbies, travelling, home, technology, work and sport.
Will it work for me?
This program is best suited for teenagers who are beginning to get to grips with Welsh. Its best if you know some basic vocabulary before you start.
Because its aimed at recent beginners, everything you hear will be clearly spoken at a speed that you can easily keep up with.
How does it work?
Watch and learn! See and hear how to speak Welsh by watching video footage of native speakers.
Build confidence on a computer. Before testing your new speaking skills in the real world, record yourself, then play back to compare your pronunciation with a native speaker. (Note that we dont use electronic voice analysis: the human ear is usually much more accurate.)
Play interactive games. The comprehension quiz prompts you to react to real life situations, while a challenging recording quiz tests your knowledge and pronunciation.
You earn points for every game you play. High scorers can go on to win bronze, silver and gold awards, which you can print out as a record of achievement.
You can learn on the move. Carry on learning in the airport lounge or on the ferry. Just print out the phrasebook sheets included in the program and take them with you.
The Welsh Launguage Board indicated in 2004 that 611,000 people (21.7% of the population of Wales in households or communal establishments) were able to speak Welsh. This figure marks a 0.9 percentage point increase when compared with a figure of 20.8% from the 2001 census, and an increase of approximately 35,000 in absolute numbers within Wales. Welsh is therefore a growing language within Wales. Of those 611,000 Welsh speakers, 57% (315,000) considered themselves fluent, and 78% (477,000) consider themselves fluent or “fair” speakers. 62% of speakers (340,000) claimed to speak the language daily, including 88% of fluent speakers.
Historically, large numbers of Welsh people spoke only Welsh. Today Welsh-only speakers are virtually non-existent, except among mother tongue speakers below school age, and a small numbers of elderly people in traditional Welsh speaking regions. Almost without exception, Welsh speakers in Wales also speak English. However, many first language Welsh speakers are more comfortable expressing themselves in Welsh than in English. A speaker’s choice of language can vary according to the subject domain and the social context, even within a single discourse.