Croeso / Welcome
Cwrs Cymraeg 2013: Cwrs Y Ddinas Wyntog / The Windy City Course - © Chris Reynolds, 2013
Cymdeithas Madog, the Welsh Studies Institute in North America Inc., is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to helping North Americans learn, use and enjoy the Welsh language. It takes its name from Madog ab Owain Gwynedd, a Welsh prince who sailed (according to legend) to America in the 12th century. That makes him a fitting symbol of the cultural and linguistic links which Cymdeithas Madog maintains between Wales and the New World.
Our Students Speak
I first came to the Cwrs Cymraeg as a 16-year-old student interested in both language in general and my specific family history, since my dad's family immigrated from Wales. That year the course was in Alberta, Canada and to be honest, I was extremely nervous that I would be an outsider amongst old friends and fluent Welsh speakers. It turned out that I absolutely started as an outsider amongst long-time Cwrs Cymraeg attendees but I left, after just one short week, a member of a group of amazing people. One of the many strengths of Cwrs Cymraeg is the strong and lasting community of Welsh enthusiasts that they have successfully brought together. The fact that many of the course attendees that year had been there several times before really attests to the solidarity of the group. I challenge anyone to come to Cwrs Cymraeg once and leave without exchanging emails, watery eyes and promises to return again. This, I believe, is because of the excellent community that the course has built. Learning anything, but especially a language, should be fun and engaging yet challenging and applicable to the world outside of a textbook or lecture hall. At Cwrs Cymraeg all of these things are realized. Want to learn how to speak, read, write, or understand Welsh? Check. Want to have other learners and native speakers to practice what you learned in class with? Check. Are cultural activities more your thing? Cwrs Cymraeg has got you covered. Do you want to accomplish all of these things with a group of friends and then go out to a pub for a drink? Cwrs Cymraeg is perfect for you. The bottom line is if you want to learn Welsh, there are a lot of options available to you; however, I guarantee that you will not find a better combination of top notch, rigorous language instruction and light-hearted fun than at Cwrs Cymraeg.
Trisha Thomas, Indiana
Cymdeithas Madog is a clearinghouse for information about Welsh language resources. We can help you find Welsh literature, publications from Wales, books about Wales and Welsh in Welsh and English, Welsh music, and Welsh resources on the internet.
The Welsh language is alive and active, and is waiting for you. So don't delay. Write today to see what Cymdeithas Madog has to offer you. Write or e-mail:
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