Welsh Language and Culture

The Welsh language has survived the Roman, Norman and British Empires. It also has the oldest literary tradition in Europe apart from Greek and Latin. This course will introduce the grammar and vocabulary of the Welsh language, and also introduce the literature and history of Wales from their first beginnings.


  • Teach Yourself Complete Welsh, Gareth King


  • Williams, Gwyn A., The Welsh in Their History, Groom/Helm, 1982
  • Morris, Jan, The Matter of Wales, Penguin, 1986
  • Davies, John, A History of Wales, Allen Lane/ The Penguin Press, 1990
  • Eames, Marion, A Private Language? A Dip into Welsh Literature, Beekman Publishers


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the structure of a Welsh sentence.
  2. Greet people in Welsh.
  3. Evaluate the importance of the language in Welsh identity.
  4. Use a vocabulary of Welsh words.

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