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David Jandrell’s Monthly Column: Literature’s Overly-smart Writing

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David Jandrell Grumpy Old Valleys Men

Welcome to a monthly series of exclusive articles by Welsh Valleys Humour author David Jandrell.  In it he explores frustrations with modern life, all recounted through his unique humour and Valleys dialiect… September 2019: Literature’s Overly-smart Writing ‘I woke with a jolt. My mind was in gear and I quickly reconstructed my itinerary for the day. I had been looking forward to this day – it had been planned well in advance and today was the day when it would all come to fruition. I made my way to the…

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About Wales: Yr Iaith Gymraeg / The Welsh Language

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About the Welsh Language

What alphabet is used for the Welsh language? The Roman alphabet is used to represent Welsh, with some differences compared with how it is used in English. There are 29 symbols in the Welsh alphabet. These are, in order: a b c ch d dd e f ff g ng h i j l ll m n o p ph r rh s t th u w y. Some of the symbols contain two letters, but represent single sounds in Welsh: have a look at ch, ff, ng, ll, ph,…

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About Wales

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About Wales

What are some common symbols used to represent Wales, and why are they used? The national emblem of Wales is the vegetable called the leek (Allium ampeloprasum, called cenhinen in Welsh). Various legends relate that St David, Wales’ patron saint, or King Cadwaladr, instructed Welsh soldiers to use leeks on their helmets to distinguish themselves from their Saxon foes. The royal house of Tudor seems to have popularised the use of leeks to celebrate St David’s Day (1 March), and people still frequently wear leeks to commemorate the day each…

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About Wales: Baneri Cymru / Flags of Wales

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About Wales- Flags of Wales

What is the official flag of Wales? The official Welsh flag is called in Welsh Baner Cymru (The Flag of Wales) or Y Ddraig Goch (The Red Dragon), and consists of a red dragon passant on a green and white field. The ‘heraldic charge’ (the red dragon), comes from Cadwaladr, King of Gwynedd, and has no standardised representation, so that there are many different versions. It was further used by Owain Glyndŵr in 1400 as his standard and as a revolutionary symbol. The green and white colours come from the…

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Gisella Albertini: Wales through new eyes- An Italian’s journey into Welsh culture and language

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Gisella Albertini- Wales through new eyes prif ddelwedd

Gisella has been learning Welsh with Say Something In Welsh for a short period all the way in Turin, and after being captivated by our language and Welsh rock bands she decided to take a trip here and see what Cymru really looks like. Here she shares with the world her experiences, thoughts and photos on our country and music… On a summer day with not much to do, I decided to give a try to one SaySomethingInWelsh.com lesson. Fast forward to six months later, I’m wandering around Wales and…

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Jaz-Michael King: Creating a new online community for Wales, Tŵt

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Twt Header Image

Jaz-Michael King is the creator of Tŵt, a community microblog built from the ground up in Welsh and English versions, with the aim of creating a bilingual, privacy-focussed social media experience. Born and raised in South Glamorgan, Jaz now lives and works in the USA. Michael Hickins is Director of Media Strategy at Oracle, and was previously an Editor at the Wall Street Journal, and here Mike asked Jaz about his latest creation. Tŵt is available online or mobile at toot.wales You once launched a Web services company called MerlinWeb.…

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Gwyliau / Festivals: Top 10

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Top 10 Gwyliau

Mae nifer o wyliau poblogaidd sy’n digwydd bob blwyddyn ar draws Cymru. Mae amrywiaeth o bethau y gallech chi eu gwneud ac mae rhywbeth i bawb. Mae llawer o hwyl i’w gael! There are several popular festivals that take place every year across Wales. There are a variety of things you could do and there is something for everyone. There is a lot of fun to be had! Gan / By Lydia Hobbs Gŵyl Fwyd Y Fenni / Abergavenny Food Festival

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Digwyddiadau Chwaraeon / Sporting Events: Top 10

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Top 10 Digwyddiadau Chwaraeon

Mae nifer o ddigwyddiadau chwaraeon ar draws Gymru y gallwch chi eu gwneud. Maen nhw’n wych i athletwyr a chefnogwyr. Mae’r digwyddiau’n boblogaidd dros ben ac mae llawer o hwyl i’w gael! There are a number of sporting events across Wales which you can do. They are great for athletes and supporters. The events are extremely popular and there is a lot of fun to be had! Gan / By Lydia Hobbs Ultra Aberhonddu i Gaerdydd / Brecon to Cardiff Ultra

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Actorion o Gymru / Actors from Wales: Top 10

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Actorion o Gymru

Mae nifer o actorion talentog sy’n dod o Gymru, sydd wedi ymddangos mewn amrywiaeth o raglenni a ffilmiau poblogaidd. Maen nhw yn Saesneg ac yn Gymraeg a ffilmiwyd yn America ac yn y Deyrnas Unedig. There are a number of talented actors who come from Wales who appeared in a variety of popular programmes and films. They are in English and in Welsh and they were filmed in America and in the United Kingdom. Gan / By Lydia Hobbs  Sir Anthony Hopkins CBE

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Pethau i’w gwneud yn Ne Cymru / Things to do in South Wales: Top 10

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Top 10 Pethau i'w gwneud yn Ne Cymru

Mae llawer o bethau gwahanol y gallwch chi eu gwneud yn Ne Cymru. Mae’n llawn hanes, hwyl a chyffro. Mae amrywiaeth enfawr o bethau i’w gwneud  yn Ne Cymru, felly mae rhywbeth i bawb. There are lots of different things that you can do in South Wales. It is full of history, fun and excitement. There is a huge variety of things to do in South Wales so there is something for everyone. Gan / By Lydia Hobbs  Pwll Mawr, Amgueddfa Lafaol Cymru / Big Pit, Welsh Coal Museum

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Word Tango: Creating a Welsh-language word puzzle game- from the Netherlands

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Word Tango

A small company in the Netherlands has released an iOS and Google Play word puzzle game, Word Tango. In its first iteration, Word Tango can be played in English, Welsh, Cornish, Danish, Faroese, Icelandic, Dutch and Frysian, with more languages to follow. Parallel.cymru asked the game’s designer, Remco Denessen, to talk us through how he went about making the game and why they are supporting lesser-used languages. I speak Limburgisch (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limburgish), which is classed as a language, but everyone speaks a dialect, or variant, of that language- so each village…

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Rhaglenni S4C / S4C Programmes: Top 10

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Top 10 Rhaglenni S4C

S4C yw’r sianel deledu Cymraeg. Mae amrywiaeth o raglenni ar y sianel ac mae’n addas i bawb, siaradwyr Cymraeg, dysgwyr a’r di-gymraeg. Mae rhywbeth i bawb ar S4C, felly dylech chi edrych am rywbeth y byddech yn ei fwynhau. S4C is the Welsh language television channel. There is a variety of programmes on the channel and it is suitable for everyone, Welsh speakers, learners and the non-Welsh speakers. There is something for everyone on S4C, so you should look for something that you would enjoy. Gan / By Lydia Hobbs 35 Diwrnod

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Made For Each Other: A Sci-fi Novella by David Jandrell, available as an ebook

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Made For Each Other- A Sci-fi Novella by David Jandrell

David Jandrell is a best-selling author of Welsh Valleys dialect books- observing and commenting on the humourous way that people of South Wales speak. He then set himself the challenge of writing fiction- and to write a science fiction story.  The challenge arose in that David only reads non-fiction, and had never read a scifi book in his life- making this a unique and distincitive novella.  It follows an autistic man who is ejected from Earth for not being able to contribute to society, but his approach to problem-solving and…

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BBC Journalist Jeremy Vine responds to Welsh language debate on Twitter: Exclusive editorial on Parallel.cymru

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Jeremy Vine Twitter

Special news; our correspondent, Peter Mescall, has been in contact with Jeremy Vine after the recent language debate on Twitter. Mr Vine presents a program on Radio 5 and was reviewing the year; a caller criticised the Welsh language, with an example about people who change to Welsh instead of continuing in English when English speakers enter a pub. Jeremy Vine received a message on Twitter; the user was not happy with the program and the discussion then deteriorated. Mr Vine tried to resolve the situation, but the image used…

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