Monday, January 08, 2007

Welsh Wide Web (what to do and where to do it)

In one of her occasional Welsh posts, Suw Charman lists 10 things to do in Welsh on the web. If you're reading this blog instead of this one, then chances are you can't read Welsh and there fore the list isn't very useful to you, but in case you're interested, here's a tranlation of Sue's list and some extra bits I've thrown in (in green):
1. Watch telly through S4C
There's now lots of programms available on S4C's website. 4 Wal, Chez Duley and Natur Anghyfreithlon are streamed, and lots of others. Unfortunately, there's no subtitles, which is a pain in the arse for me (because I can't understand anything Dudley says)
If you're into farming Sue, certain items on are shown again with subtitles.
2. Search the web with Google
Dach chi'n teimlo'n lwcus? ("Are you feeling lucky?")

3. Listen to Radio Cymru
If you like that sort of thing. [What Sue means is, not every Welsh speaker likes Radio Cymru, particulary the 'under 75's' age group].

Radio Amgen (Alt Radio) plays a lot of hip-hop, dance, etc which rarely get played on Radio Cymru (exept for when Huw Stephens presents C2 some evenings). Here's the archives of all shows.

Radio Acen only seems to play Sain's folky/counrty back catlogue, which sadly DOES get played a lot on Radio Cymru.

Who need's 'The Archers' when you can listen to Bontlwyd?. I've only just heard of this (Bontlwyd that is), it been running for years apparently with an ameteur cast on a local radio station in the south west.

4. Create a pledge with Pledgebank
As the website say's: Tell the world “I will, only if you'll help”.

5. Read blogs
There are many Welsh blogs available on the web. Nic Dafis writes Morfablog, one of the first Welsh blogs - it's excellent.

6. Watch a video on YouTube
There's some good stuff in Welsh on YouTube. I like NeilWyn's videos.

There's a group on YouTube called
Sianel Amgen Cymru (Alternative Welsh Channel), which has over 250 video's

7. Write an article for Wicipedia
There's more than 5,932 articles on the Welsh version at the moment, and the want your help.

Welsh wiki's are really thin on the ground, I've recently started:
  • Cadw Cwmni (a directory of businesses who can offer a service in Welsh) and
  • Eisteddfod2007 (a guide of what to to/where to stay/eat/drink etc for the next National Eisteddfod)
8. Discuss things on Maes-E
Loads of discussions with loads of peoplel. What more could you want?

9. Download Welsh software
From Opera to OpenOffice to Linux or Ubuntu.

10. Search and use in Welsh
There's loads of stuff on-line in Welsh. Crate bookmars using or Furl, or trawl the links.

Maybe Flickr isn't mentioned as it's 'so last year', but there are lots of Welsh speaking users on it and tons of groups, one of the most popular must be Scymraeg, others include Classic Record Covers, Welsh House Names, and Graffiti.

Organise your books with LibraryThing's Welsh interface.

Map the world with Tagzania's Welsh interface (did I ever mention...? ok I'll shut up now)

Music is one of the areas where there's lots on offer.
Pictiwrs has reviews of films from all over the world, and discusses the developments (if there are any!) of the film industry in Wales.

Write and share poetry at Yr Annedd.

Check out what's happening in europe's top football leagues with


Find a partner on I totally forgot about this site, but visit the site now and you could pull a farmer (the one holding the bottle of milk is my cousin!)

I keep remembering more!
Challenge someone to a game of chess on (over 300 registered players)

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Blogger Wynne Jones said...

Diolch Rhys, this kind of thing is a huge help for Welsh learners like myself. Although I regularly wander (admittedly in a rather aimless fashion, especially when I'm bored) through websites such as and I had no idea of the level of material in cymraeg. Now I have a genuine reason/excuse to visit these websites.

Thanks again.

1/09/2007 9:52 pm  
Blogger Rhys Wynne said...

I don't know if you attend classes or are teaching yourself, but the Neil Wyn refered to in the bit about YouTube lives on the Wirral and goes to classes in Flintshire. He goes to a monthly informal chat group at the Castle pub in y Wyddgrug, which is organised by Menter Iaith Sir Fflint.
He keeps a Welsh blog at:

1/10/2007 10:32 am  
Blogger Pastor Phil said...


Diolch yn fawr am yn dod i'r fy blog fi. Dw 'n hapus i weld y links i'r pethau Cymraeg. Mae llawer yn newydd i fi.

Phil Wyman o Salem, MA USA

1/10/2007 4:56 pm  
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