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The first Esperanto book in Welsh

Harry Barron
Harry Barron's book includes lessons and a vocabulary

Harry Barron has published the first Esperanto text book in the Welsh language. In March 2010 he told us more about his labour of love.

Ever tried to learn a foreign language and got your head in a mess over conjugations, declensions and idioms?

Or even tried to learn Welsh but almost mutated working out those soft, nasal and aspirant mutations?

Gone abroad, spoke loudly and slowly at waiters and got just what you didn't ask for? Frustrating, isn't it?

Esperanto doesn't replace anyone's language but simply serves as a common language
Harry Barron

Well it was until now, at least for Welsh speakers! It has been demonstrated in various studies that learning Esperanto can improve your language learning abilities!

The first ever text book in Welsh designed to teach the international language Esperanto has just been published.

Acupuncturist

The Mini-Cwrs is a 36-page guide to Esperanto, consisting of ten lessons, some reading exercises and a vocabulary.

I was invited to adapt the English Language version in order to celebrate the British Congress of Esperanto in Llandudno in May 2010.

Esperanto is a language introduced in 1887 by Dr. L.L. Zamenhof after years of development.

He proposed Esperanto as a second language that would allow people who speak different native languages to communicate, yet at the same time retain their own languages and cultural identities.

Mini-cwrs book
Harry Barron claims fluency can be achieved after a year

Esperanto doesn't replace anyone's language but simply serves as a common language.

The first tiny guide to the language was published in 1910, and a two-way dictionary in Esperanto and Welsh was published in 1985.

I work as an acupuncturist and a translator in the Machynlleth area.

Conversation

I began learning Esperanto, when I was a schoolboy many years ago.

After leaving school I went to study Chinese at a university in Shanghai, China and has also worked and lived in France, Germany and Belgium.

I then went on to receive my degree in Chinese Medicine from a university in London.

These days, I use at least five languages in my everyday work.

Esperanto has been the easiest language for me to learn. I taught myself without any help from a teacher and I was already fluent at 16-years-old when I was still struggling with French and German.

You can have a fairly involved conversation after only three to six months of study and become fluent after only one year.

Popularity

I've travelled the world successfully by just using Esperanto and met many interesting people.

Some of my closest friends are Esperantists, living abroad, whom I try to see when I attend International Gatherings.

We keep in regular contact through the Internet and especially Facebook, where Esperanto has spread like wildfire.

In Wikipedia, it ranks number 16 in terms of popularity and there are more articles in it than in Welsh!

As a result of the publication of this little book, there is more interest in Esperanto in Wales and there are lively groups throughout the country.

There are also groups that are forming in places such as Llandudno and along the Aberystwyth/Machynlleth coast.




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