I should have bestowed only 4 stars upon Cysgliad - the joy of discovering a Welsh language app made me disregard the program's weaknesses:
*In the dictionary, you have to type the words in full, ”pl”+enter will just lead you to a ”nothing found”. Had Cysgeir implemented a search-as-you-type function (like Apple's Dictionary), typing ”pl” would have revealed _pla_ ”plague” immediately.
*The dictionary neither shows mutated nor plural forms of nouns. This is a severe drawback, especially if the dictionary is to be used by non-Welsh speakers. (Verbal/prepositional paradigms for each looked-up verb/preposition would also be v. nice, but that is perhaps to much to ask?)
Otherwise, the positive comments of my first review prevail! :-)
Cysgliad is actually a bundle of two independent applications:
*Cysgeir, which is a searchable Welsh/English (bidirectional) dictionary
*Cysill, a Welsh spell checker
I do not write (coherent) Welsh, so I cannot comment on the usefulness/reliability of Cysill - I misspelt a couple of Welsh words in the text field, and it seems to work like any other decent spell checker.
Cysgeir is a unique collection of 12 digitalized dictionaries. Most modern-day Welsh and/or English words can be found, from spheres as various as archaeology and child care. This is one of the best free offline dictionary applications I've seen; a joy for any lover of the Welsh language, and a useful tool (I guess) for those who have to switch between English and Welsh in their everyday lives.
A culturally important language like Welsh deserves our respect and attention. I wish to congratulate the developers, and hope that other minority languages will soon receive a similar digital boost.
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