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Working Welsh
A Guide to the Mechanics of the Language

ISBN 9780367209933
Published July 21, 2020 by Routledge
198 Pages

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Book Description

Working Welsh offers a new approach to building up and consolidating learners’ fluency and confidence, focusing on the mechanics – the words and phrases that build and drive sentences and make them fit together.

200 Welsh words and phrases are listed alphabetically, explained in clear and accessible language, and given ample exemplification to illustrate their meaning and use. All instances of mutation are marked with the usual typographic signs, and cross-references are given throughout to related entries. Grammatical appendices and an English index round off the manual.

Working Welsh is an innovative resource for post-beginner students wishing to explore and master the principal discourse-drivers in modern spoken and standard Welsh.

Table of Contents



List of entries

Alphabetical entries 1-200

appendix 1 - that-clauses

appendix 2 - i-clauses

appendix 3 - mutations

appendix 4 - endings

Grammatical terms

English index

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Gareth King has taught Welsh at all levels in Wales and London, and is the author of numerous books for learners of Welsh, including Modern Welsh: A Comprehensive Grammar, The Routledge Intermediate Welsh Reader, Basic Welsh and Intermediate Welsh: A Grammar and Workbook. He is also the series editor for the Colloquial range of language manuals, and a professional translator.


'This volume is a welcome addition to the literature and guides on language learning. It contains information on 200 very apposite words and short phrases which are very clearly explained, often giving both a North and a South Wales variant. The author is careful not to pass judgement on which version is superior or preferable for the advanced learner. In many of the 200 chosen examples, where confusion may reign, the author has skilfully anticipated the learner’s concerns and covered in sufficient detail the types of mistakes or tendencies which characterise any attempt at getting to grips with the details of a new language.'

Professor Colin H. Williams, Cardiff University