There is a programme currently running on S4C about a group of celebrities learning Welsh on a campsite in Deepest Wales (Well, Pembrokeshire, actually).
The programme has been marketed at Welsh learners and people interested in learning Welsh, but on the Say Something in Welsh forum, we’ve heard a few people commenting that they have not been able to enjoy it, or that it has not lived up to their expectations. So, in this post, I hope to pass on some tips about how to get the most out of Cariad@Iaith – for non Welsh-speakers and early learners, and even for people who want to legally watch abroad, where the usual options to watch S4C are (illegal) bit-torrents sites.
The obvious place to watch the Cariad@Iaith programmes is on S4C, available throughout the UK. The programme finishes tomorrow, mind, so you may be a bit late for that! If you do watch tonight or tomorrow, and your understanding of Welsh isn’t strong, you will find the live subtitling patchy at best, and probably frustrating. For now, just accept that you won’t understand much: You might even prefer to turn off the subtitles, and enjoy the sounds and the entertainment. There is better news though:
The Live programme is re-shown on the S4C clic (watch again) service. Once the advert at the start of the programme finishes, click on the “I” button (bottom right of the orange screen), and choose subtitles. For some reason,they are still 5 or 10 seconds after what has been said, but they are more comprehensive!
Now for the extras:
Unfortunately, the programmes are not available outside the UK, but the extras are.
Go to the Cariad@Iaith website here, and you can watch videos of the daily lessons and find out a bit more about the programme (there’s a button at the top of the page if you want to toggle between Welsh and English). The videos are certainly interesting. Although the teaching method is quite different to SSiW, you’ll probably find some of the vocab and patterns sticking with you for later use!
While you’re there, take a look at the Cariad@Iaith Welsh Learners’ Pack, either by clicking on the link, or going here.
There’s simple mp3 lessons, the booklet that goes with the series, and even a bilingual detective novel – something to keep everyone entertained for a bit…
Remember before you watch Cariad@Iaith that it is a reality TV show on a Welsh Language TV station. As Leia says on the SSiW Forum discussion, “…no one would have watched I’m a Celeb Get Me Out of here with any real intent to learn survival skills, or X-Factor to learn to sing… It is a reality TV show…“, so don’t expect to learn much Welsh from the show. But do enjoy it, and I’m sure you’ll pick up all manner of snippets of Welsh from the celebs and the as well as the teachers.
There’s quite an interesting discussion happening on the forum right now about strengths and weakness of the programme, and how it does or doesn’t do “what it says on the tin.” C0me and add your opinion – we’ll enjoy it, and I’m sure Fflic (the production company) will find the feedback useful.
If you know of other ways to get more value out of Cariad@Iaith, come and tell us on the forum, or leave us a message below!
Links for this post:
- Cariad@Iaith website
- Cariad@Iaith Lesson videos (The link on the homepage above only gives some of the videos for some reason)
- S4C Clic, and Cariad@Iaith programmes (UK only)
- Cariad@Iaith on the SaySomethinginWelsh Forum
A note about S4C via Bit Torrent:
A number of SSiWers have found a bit-torrent site that streams S4C programmes outside of the UK. It should be noted that Bit-torrents are not officially recognised, and are generally illegal.
S4C say: “We at S4C appreciate that people outside of the UK are eager to watch S4C programmes. But at the moment, we do not have the right to broadcast online outside the UK… even were it possible… S4C would have to pay extra to allow us to broadcast these programmes.
“That is why there is ‘Geo Blocker’ software stopping Clic from being used worldwide.