Clwb Siarad meets on the first Thursday in every month (but see What’s On for variations). We don’t just get together to socialise and have a coffee (though we do that, of course) but to learn and share the Welsh language. Everyone plays their part, from new learners to old ones, and the fluent speakers who help the rest of us.
We currently use the WJEC/CBAC Cwrs Mynediad:North Wales Version by Elin Meek (ISBN9781860856112), but we are aware of the new national course that is being launched in September 2019 and will move on to that in due course. We also encourage each other to listen to and speak the language outside our monthly get together. Of the online Welsh courses available we are most impressed by Say Something in Welsh. Their podcast units – it’s best to choose the North Wales version – give lots of speaking and listening practice, as well as useful tips for learners at all levels. The first 26 units are free. https://www.saysomethingin.com/welsh/course1
A number of our members like to go on courses to extend their learning / experience of Welsh. The nearest centre to us is Popeth Cymraeg in Denbigh: http://www.popethcymraeg.cymru/index.php/cy/ We also love to go to the Language Centre on the Lleyn Peninsula, Nant Gwrtheyrn: http://nantgwrtheyrn.org/languagecourses/
There is a range of affordable but limited dictionaries available. For beginners we like Heini Gruffudd’s Welsh Learner’s Dictionary. For more experienced learners and for anyone who is fluent, however, the most up-to-date and complete one is Bangor University’s free App: http://termau.org/index.php/install-search-plug-in/ap-geiriaduron/?lang=en
In 2017 we established our Grwp Darllen – Reading Group. This is open to learners / speakers at all levels. We meet about 8 times a year, after the lunch break following our Thursday morning meetings. Please go to our What’s On page to see our annual diary for details of these meetings.