Appy way for chil­dren to learn the Welsh lan­guage

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

IN LESS than three months, an app that was de­vel­oped on Anglesey for all of Wales has proved a great suc­cess – in­clud­ing be­ing ac­knowl­edged as App of the Week on the Govern­ment’s Cym­raeg web­site.

The yel­low dragon Selog, who pro­motes the app, en­cour­ages nonWelsh speak­ing fam­i­lies, as well as learn­ers and first-lan­guage speak­ers, to en­joy Welsh songs and books.

The 14 songs on the singing app range from nurs­ery rhymes, such as ‘Gee Ceffyl Bach’ and ‘Dau Gi Bach’, to sport­ing favourites, such as ‘Sos­ban Fach’ and the na­tional an­them.

Com­ple­ment­ing the singing app is a read­ing app, with ‘Alun yr Arth’ and ‘Rwd­lan’ books; this has proved very pop­u­lar with schools, who use it as a re­source to sup­port home read­ing and to raise con­fi­dence in chil­dren as they start to read in­de­pen­dently in Welsh.

Head of Men­ter Iaith Môn, He­len Wil­liams said, “The ‘ Canu Selog’ songs app was de­vel­oped in re­sponse to a re­quest from non-Welsh-speak­ing par­ents in Holy­head who were keen to de­velop their chil­dren’s bilin- gual skills at an early age by singing songs in Welsh.

“It’s great to see a re­source that ad­dresses a par­tic­u­lar need and, since the Min­is­ter for the Welsh Lan­guage, Alun Davies AM, launched the app at the Eisteddfod in Au­gust, the app has al­ready been down­loaded over 5,000 times.

“Our aim, as a lan­guage ven­ture, is to en­sure that ev­ery­one has ac­cess and can en­joy Welsh, so there’s a writ­ten trans­la­tion of the songs so that learn­ers can ap­pre­ci­ate the hu­mour and quirk­i­ness of our nurs­ery rhymes.”

Agata, one of the Holy­head par­ents, added: “I re­ally rec­om­mend this new app, it’s very use­ful for us, es­pe­cially since my lit­tle girl re­ally loves Welsh songs. Be­fore I had to al­ways look on YouTube, now I have ev­ery­thing in one place.”

The apps, “Hoff Ga­neuon Selog” and “Hoff Lyfrau Selog, are free to down­load from the App Store or Play Store.

Par­ents and chil­dren at Men­ter Iaith Môn’s song & story ses­sion at Holy­head were the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the Selog singing app

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