Wlpan Diary

Monday, July 31, 2006

And so it begins

Well, today is the first day - or at least the first half day - of the Wlpan course at Aberystwyth. It's probably best to provide a little bit of information to you, dear non-existent reader, before I begin in ernest.

Who are you?

OK, no specifics as I know full well that blogs can come back and bite you on the arse. Imagination is always better than reality anyway.

What's an Wlpan?

Wlpan is an intensive way of learning (from the Hebrew apparently). In this case it refers to the Wlpan Awst Welsh Course held at Aberystwyth. You say it: ul-pan.

Why both blogging it?

I guess because I'm going. Yep. Heddiw (today). And when I first found out I was going I tried to find out information, experiences, anything, from the web.

Dim (nothing).

Info on the Wlpan Awst course is pretty lacking so here I am, adding content - this makes me cutting edge according to my mum.

You're learning Welsh? Isn't it dead/spoken by 5 people in a hovel near Blaenau Ffestiniog?

Despite the misheld beliefs of those living on the wrong side of the border Welsh is alive and well. Vibrant you might say. It's pretty fair to say that Welsh would be a useful skill to have but more than that, I want to be able to interact more fully with pobl Cymraeg (Welsh-speaking people).

I am not learning after hearing it spoken in Big Brother. Although I probably will make bad BB jokes.

Which brings me on to another point. Welsh rocks if only for one reason - Cymraeg/Cymreig. Welsh separates the difference between a Welsh person (ie. me) and a Welsh-speaker (ie. not me). Yes you can be Cymraeg but not Cymreig and Cymreig but not Cymraeg.


  • Pob lwc gyda'r cwrs, bydda i'n dilyn dy ddatblygiad ar y blog.

    Best of luck with the course, I'll follow your progress on the blog.

    Although I'm not a learner myself, I've noticed the lack of info on the web about courses and have started a site called Dysgwyr De Ddwyrain. I use Blogger but I can't really call it a blog as no bugger leaves comments ;-)

    By Blogger Rhys Wynne, at 12:40  

  • And please keep any mentions of BB to a minimum, diolch yn fawr

    By Blogger Rhys Wynne, at 12:46  

  • Pob lwc oddi wrtha i hefyd.

    Good luck from me too.

    I learnt via Wlpan, and not only was there no information about the course on the web, there was no web. Hard to believe, I know.

    You're very lucky - if I hadn't started a new job last, I would be teaching you this week ;-)

    Wir yr.

    By Blogger Nic Dafis, at 20:31  

  • Thanks for the comments. Sorry Rhys, I can't make any promises (see today's post). You're not Rhys as in "The Gospel According to" are you?

    @Nic should I feel lucky or unlucky? The tutors seem OK generally (well, maybe a few of them). We're quite segregated as groups - does that normally happen?

    By Blogger Tarten Afal, at 08:37  

  • Sa i'n gwybod, sori, sa i wedi dysgu ar Wlpan Awst. Ond does dim segregation yn y Cwps ;-)

    Pan ti'n barod am beint yn y Gymraeg, rho wybod, dw i jyst lan y lon.

    Don't know, sorry, I haven't taught on Wlpan Awst. But there's no segregation in the Cwps ;-)

    When you're ready for a pint in Welsh, let me know. I'm just up the road.

    By Blogger Nic Dafis, at 10:26  

  • "You're not Rhys as in "The Gospel According to" are you?"

    Na, nid fi yw 'The Gospel According to Rhys'. I'm slighly older, but I'm from a place not too far from Colwyn Bay.

    Dwi'n dod o Ddinbych yn wreiddiol. :-)

    Oes syniad gyda ti bod yna blogwyr Cymraeg cyn dechrau Wlpan Diary?

    Did you have any idea there were welsh language bloggers before starting this blog?

    By Blogger Rhys Wynne, at 11:33  

  • @Rhys - Sorry for the mix up! I'm aware that there's a good mix of blogs yn Gymraeg (I do try and look at blogiadur at points). But most of this is still pretty inaccessible to me.

    Given time though, given time!

    By Blogger Tarten Afal, at 13:54  

  • Helo TA. It's a great blog. I wonder why no one thought of it before. I heard so much about Wlpan and so it's super to know the inside info. from a participant's point of view. Good job! Hope you'll continue.

    By Anonymous Emma Reese, at 21:41  

  • Hi. I'm curious, do you know my friend Dan Evans? He is doing an wlpan course in Aber too. I'm about to start learning welsh and will be doing an wlpan course in cardiff next month hopefully.

    my blog is here:


    By Blogger Monkeyspoon, at 01:03  

  • Good luck with your learning, I did an wlpan many years ago but never managed to keep my Welsh as I just didn't have the chance to use it much but I am determined to get it back and am watching a lot of S4C!
    Wlpan is a really good way to learn but it seems to go in your short term memory and you have to talk to people regularly in Welsh to get it into your long term memory! You will do well if you can use it at work and where you live.
    How much did your course cost you? When I started to learn you had to pay a lot of money, which is pretty disgusting I think as a Welsh resident.
    I wonder if the assembly offer grants yet.

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