A portal linking to useful online language tools such as Apertium - an open-source Welsh to English translator - and a dictionary called Eurfa.
USE YOUR COMPUTER IN WELSH
If you want to use your computer in Welsh, this is the place for you. The Welsh Language Board and Microsoft have prepared Language Interface Packs for Microsoft® Office 2003 and Microsoft® Windows® XP. They are now available from this website, and it's all free!
MICROSOFT PROOFING TOOLS
To coincide with the launch of the Windows XP computer operating system, Microsoft has made provision for the Welsh language. This is a free download which will enable you to spell-check Welsh texts in the latest version of Microsoft Office.
LAMPETER UNIVERSITY DICTIONARY
This is not only an excellent online dictionary, it's also got audio. Type 'mwswgl' and it not only lets you know this is Welsh for 'moss', but it also lets you actually hear how this word is pronounced.
Features a Welsh - Catalonian - English dictionary of 7,000 words and an e-text library. The navigation's confusing and there are some problems with some special characters but there are some gems to be found here though.
If you write Welsh song lyrics or poems, you should find this online rhyming dictionary useful.
A web-based translator. This site is coming close to doing what AltaVista's Babelfish has done for translating web pages and texts in French, German, Italian... Unfortunately InterTran can only translate word-by-word. Could be useful though if you need to grab the gist of a text quickly.
Aimed at school students in Wales revising for Welsh Second Language GCSE exams. The comprehension exercises and self-tests here will be useful to anyone learning Welsh.
Tricky to navigate but visually pleasing site with tables of regular and irregular Welsh verbs, nouns, mutations and links to literature.
Welsh-German and German-Welsh dictionary searching a database of 10,000 simple-form words. Instructions in Welsh and German. Lists most-searched-for words too, (with some rude words making it into the top ten!)
(Unable to connect - December 2000. OK again March 2001. Changed link to point to Wanadoo domain July 2001. July '03 - need to scroll down to read Welsh).
Finally ... words for joggers:
A Dutch Welsh course.
A guide to the accented letters used in the Welsh language, with suggested escape characters for use in HTML pages. The circumflex accent on 'w' and 'y' continue to give problems on most people's browsers.
GEIRIADUR PRIFYSGOL CYMRU
About the University of Wales' Welsh dictionary. A site to keep an eye on for the future, because there's a 'search dictionaries' feature coming up, according to assistant editor and systems manager, Andrew Hawke. At the moment you can search biographies and submit words for inclusion in the dictionary's next edition. Good to see a large print Betsie version of this site being made available.
BRITANNIA'S WELSH SAYINGS AND EXPRESSIONS
Learn what the Welsh expressions that translate to 'beetle in her head', 'fiddle in the roof' and 'the young roof' mean. The Britannia website has some fantastic features about Wales' history too.
This website allows you to easily type Welsh characters without a Welsh keyboard. You can edit your text in the box and then copy it to your document, e-mail message, etc.