Need some help with your Cadw Sŵn audio? Or unsure about how to start your course? Hopefully we can provide the answers here.
Starting Cadw Sŵn
Click on the video for some tips to get started, then look at how to access the audio below.
How to access the audio
You’ll probably want to access the audio files before starting the course. We use Bandcamp to distribute the audio for the course, as it’s flexible, reliable and lets you pay as much or as little as you want (including nothing!) for the course audio, which was originally distributed on 10CDs and meant that the course cost significantly more than it does now.
We’ve set the audio up on Bandcamp so that you can download the audio files to your computer and play them from there at no extra charge. Also, if you purchase the course from us we'll email you a free download code for the entire course audio, together with instructions on how to redeem it.
However, if you buy elsewhere, and you’d like to stream the audio from the Bandcamp app on your iOS or Android phone or tablet Bandcamp require you to make a small purchase. At the time of writing the minimum price you’ll need to pay is less than a pound, but of course you can choose to pay more if you like, or pay nothing and download the files to your computer.
Either way you’ll need to create an account on www.bandcamp.com
Then go to cadwswn.bandcamp.com and choose the Cadw Swn Complete Audio Collection.
Make sure you're signed into your Bandcamp account otherwise the audio might not get linked to your account. You'll also need to download the Bandcamp app to your iOS or Android phone or tablet. Please make sure that the app is available for your phone or tablet beforehand.
NB, to keep your data costs down always ensure that you're streaming over wifi rather than using your phone's data allowance. We also suggest that you download the full set of audio files to your computer at some point as a backup. That way you’ll always have access to the audio.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the course suitable for use in north Wales?
As you’re probably aware, Cadw Sŵn teaches South Wales Welsh. That’s where I live, that’s the Welsh I speak, and that’s the accent I have.
Here as the main differences between North/South Welsh as I understand them:
The accent is very different, North Walians have a very strong nasal accent which some South Walians initially find hard to understand.
A small number of words are different throughout the country, lads, sweets, lasses and gates for instance. This is no big deal.
We abbreviate the present tense differently in the North and South; ‘I am’ would be ‘w i’ where I live and probably ‘Dw i’ in the North. ‘We are’ would be ‘Yn ni’ in the South and ‘Dyn ni’ (dun ni) in north Wales.
A few constructions are different; ‘Mae Ford gyda fi’ – i have a Ford (south) – Mae gen i Ford (north) Also North Walians tend to use ‘I did’ (Gwnes i) to say things like ‘I did shop’ – Gwnes i siopa. South Walians will probably say ‘I shopped’ – Siopiais i
As you can see, there are a few differences. Personally, I feel that Cadw Sŵn is such a useful course that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages and with a little practice you’ll soon get used to the differences. The choice, of course, is yours.
CAN I LISTEN TO THE COURSE IN THE CAR?
Please don't listen to the Cadw Sŵn recordings while driving or in any potentially dangerous situation. You need to give your full attention to these recordings, and allow yourself to be in a relaxed, secure environment.
HOW CAN I ORDER AND PAY?
You can order the course book from our secure store here, or worldwide on your nearest Amazon store.