Hello everyone, Sioni Dda dw i/I am John Good and I will be leading the newydd spon danlli/brand-spanking new flame-colored interactive, online Welsh course.
To Prospective Participants
Let me tell you a little about myself so that we can understand each other better from the start/dechrau. I was born in South Wales in the Afan Valley and Welsh/Y Gymraeg and English were spoken in the house. By the time I left school, I knew less Welsh than when I started. I had little interest in a “dying language”, and anyway the Beatles sang in English and all of my friends spoke it. Fast forward 25 years, having moved to San Francisco, LA then Phoenix, all of a sudden I realized I had robbed myself of a major part of my cultural identity. I set about re-learning Yr Hen Iaith/The Old Language, so that I could talk to my aging mother in the language of her youth. I achieved that and, in the last 20 years or so, have helped/taught a surprising number of desert dwellers and others, among other things, how to pronounce popty-ping (popty/oven—that goes—ping) or microwave.The language is now a passion of mine and I look forward to the opportunity to pass on what I cherish; the truly healthiest “dying language” in the world.
Y Driniaeth/The Approach
I’ve assembled my approach to teaching from a number of sources over the years: John Albert Evans, Rhodri Jones, Heini Gruffudd, and Gareth King to name but a few, but have also assembled a fairly large dossier on how not to teach Welsh. I’ll be working from my own play book and selected textbook, illustrated with the borrowings from the best teachers I know. As a musician I am attracted to the “by ear” method; language as sound, much like a melody with meaning. After all young children don’t use grammar books (although for adults they have their place), they associate repeated sounds with objects and people.
Adnoddau ar-lein/Online Resources
We are very lucky these days that there are a myriad of online resources that I would have killed for when I was first looking to revive my heritage. I’ll go through these in detail later on, as they all have special strong points, but for now…
Normally I teach small group classes of four or five students, but private lessons are available.Small group classes are available online through AmeriCymru.To arrange for private lessons please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.All prospective students must contact me by telephone to start the registration process(602-509-5223).