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Advanced Listening: Radio Cymru - News - Transcript and Translation


The morning and evening ‘news’ programmes on Radio Cymru - Post Cyntaf and Post Prynhawn - have very high conversational content so seem like a great way to switch on and get a bit of listening practice.

However, the language used - which is day-to-day vocab for Cymro’s - is a bit more challenging for learners as it’s about accidents and incidents and ministers and spokespeople making statements…governments, politicians, assembly members etc etc etc. Tricky…but actually what most of us want to be able to understand too - or me anyway - a ‘normal’ radio bulletin.

Well…this may be old news but I have discovered that the articles on the BBC Cymru site …are a very, very close match to the actual script (yes!) - as it is read out on the radio - with the quotes given, fairly verbatim to the sound bites/ interviews too. So, these articles are very close to being transcripts of the news items.

In addition there is the Vocab button which you can use which adds hyper-links to the Cymraeg which you can click to get the English. So, you have a translation - nearly.

If you use the iPlayer, you can of course listen to these programmes whenever you have a chance (click on Menu and then Schedule).

So…you can listen - before or after brushing up by reading the transcript!

Rich :sunny:

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BBC Cymru site accessible by scrolling down in bbc website:

Vocab button - top right…showing pop up if you press a linked word…

Radio Cymru schedule…play at anytime…


That is brilliant Rich! Thanks so much for sharing it’s just what I need to take the next step in my listening and building vocabulary.