The Revival in Patagonia; Nia Parry's Welsh Mission in South America IT Has Inspired a National Welsh Learning Week, It Offers Fascinating Portrayals of Learners, and It Offers Those Undertaking the Task of Learning the Language a Helping Hand When They Most Need It as They Start off on the Road to Polyglotism

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The Revival in Patagonia; Nia Parry's Welsh Mission in South America IT Has Inspired a National Welsh Learning Week, It Offers Fascinating Portrayals of Learners, and It Offers Those Undertaking the Task of Learning the Language a Helping Hand When They Most Need It as They Start off on the Road to Polyglotism


Byline: Ian Parri

Welsh In A Week is back on screen, with Anglesey-born tutor Nia Parry ready to travel the length and breadth of Wales, and beyond, to inject some of her infectious enthusiasm into 15 new learners eager for the challenge of using Welsh in their workplace and in the community.

In the series, narrated in English by rugby star Rupert Moon, a novice is immersed in the ancient tongue in an introductory crash course of lessons.

While what can be learned in a week is obviously restricted, it is nonetheless an effective way of proving that the language is in no way as difficult to learn as some would have you believe, and basic sentences can be strung together in as little as a week.

This year's series will feature learners of all ages and backgrounds, and for the first time ventures as far as the Welsh settlement in Argentina, where Trelew-based family doctor Dr David Williams will be attempting to learn the language of his forebears. …

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