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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 or town speak a little bit differently. Many have their own dictionary! Every town has thousands of songs in their dialect and most have a local radio station broadcasting in…

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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 on Twitter didn’t help- unfortunately, the title and image of the article wasn’t suitable and Mr Vine then received a lot of criticism. That’s when our correspondent and many others,…

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Luke Upton: Introducing Gethin ‘Huge’ Hughes, Welsh rugby’s new fictional hero

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Luke Upton Absolutely Huge main image

Luke Upton, a business journalist and creator of the popular spoof Twitter account @NotGavHenson, introduces his fictionalised new hero of Welsh rugby: a story of Twitter, the media and how a Lion’s bite led to a quick rewrite. When Wales and Ospreys hooker Scott Baldwin got bitten by a Lion cub whilst in South Africa with his club in September 2017, my first thought was- how on earth did that happen? The second, oh dear, I am going to have to scrap some of last weekend’s work. This now infamous incident, which led to one of my all time favourite Welsh rugby quotes, from then Ospreys manager Steve Tandy – “There was an incident with a lion, but in fairness…

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Interview with Gofid of Welsh Black Metal band Iselder

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Gofid Iselder

Gofid (meaning sorrow) plays extreme metal with Welsh song titles under the name Iselder (meaning depression). His work attracted attention this month when he covered Dafydd Iwan’s cultural anthem Yma O Hyd- parallel.cymru went to find out more! First up Gofid, what is your background in metal? I first started listening to metal when I was about eleven years old, slowly getting in to classic bands such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath. In my teenage years I had a good friend who introduced me to the more extreme side of things with Cannibal Corpse and Slayer, which forged the path for me to seek out the most extreme metal I could find. At sixteen I discovered bands…

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