I’ll have to be honest here, and say that I hadn’t really thought about this, but it turns out that the new version of the course is a lot greener than the older versions.
The main reason is that there’s no disk, so no more plastics. You might have heard a fair bit about this in the past week, which is what set me thinking about it.
Hopefully, people will take to the new version of the course with downloadable/streamable audio, and we’ll be able to phase out the disk versions of the course entirely. Then everything we make will be recyclable, which would be ardderchog!
Times change. Things happen. I’ve always tried to make sure that Cadw Swn keeps up to date. Not the actual course, you understand, but the way we get the course audio to people as part of the course. There are 10 albums worth of music, stories and exercises which are an essential part of the course, and which make up (together with the book) the 20 lessons.
Over the years the audio has been on CD, computer disk, DVD and Bluray, and each format has had its problems. 10 CDs were horrendously expensive to duplicate and ship, which forced the cost up to double the current price. Then there was the problem of different disk formats, and not really one format that would be simple and useful for everyone.
Towards the end of last year I had an email asking about listening to the audio on phones and tablets, which made me realise that it’s time for another change.
Wouldn’t it be ideal, I started thinking, if you could bypass the disks and the computer altogether? If you could maybe download an app, log in and stream any or all of the 20 lessons to your phone or tablet?
So that’s what we’re going to do. But better than that.
In a day or so, when the new books arrive from the printers, you’ll have the option of buying the course as a printed coursebook together with audio downloads. If you like, you’ll be able to download the files to your computer, and play and store them there. But you won’t have to.
Instead, if you like, you’ll be able to download an app, log in, and stream the audio to your phone or tablet. Or log in from any web browser and download your audio from there.
More news here yn fuan iawn – very soon!
Croeso i 2018! Welcome to 2018!
The next few months should see some exciting new projects reach fruition. I’ve been quite busy over the past few months compiling a book of tips for Welsh learners which I’m busy illustrating.
It’ll be the first time I’ve fully illustrated one of my own books, but the feedback from my drawings in the book ‘Cynwyd y Ci Bach’ and the storytelling drawing sessions on the Maest at the Urdd Eisteddfod has given me enough of a push to want to get it done. More details here soon as the book nears completion.
Newyddion da – good news for Kobo e-reader owners. Our first Kobo title is now available from Kobo bookstores worldwide.
‘Simple Welsh in an Hour of Your Time’ was released yesterday, and should soon be followed by Coed y Brenin and Cwm Gwrachod.
But that’s not all; expect to see iBook versions of our titles very soon!
I never ask people why they’re learning Welsh, I’m not sure why. Over the years, however, people have come forward with a number of reasons, and who am I to argue with them? This video is also a testing ground for an exciting series of animations for Welsh learners which have just started production – more news here very soon. Mwynhewch!
The Ancient Welsh Epic is now available from Audible, iTunes, Amazon and pretty much anywhere audio books are sold or rented.
I’ve always been very proud of these recordings, which were originally on 5 cds. The audio book format is probably the closest we can get today to the way that the original stories would have been told. The Cyfarwydd, or storyteller, would travel from village to village, earning his crust by his storytelling skills.
Our second audio book is now available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes, and can currently be had free of charge if you’re willing to sign up for an audible trial on amazon;
will take you there in the UK, or for US readers;
You can, of course, buy it if you’d rather, at a very reasonable price.
Gyda llaw, by the way, the audio book version of Cwm Gwrachod is also heading to amazon etc. It should appear mid-March.