I should also say it’s been the most pleasurable learning experience I’ve ever had and the one in which I feel I’ve made most progress.
Coming back two years later to update on this reply – turns out that date and all subsequent dates went very well, and we were married earlier this month!! Who knew this is where my Welsh learning journey would take me?!
This is very minor but I thought I would share it on here anyway. I’m in the Clwb Cardiau Post and took a postcard I’d written to the Post Office for a stamp to post it to Germany. The lad behind the counter looked at it and said, “! can read that!” All my Welsh immediately deserted me, then I managed to say “Ah, ti’n Cymro! Dw i wedi bod yn dysgu am blwyddyn,” at which he also looked a bit confounded and said (in English) that he used to be fluent when he was at school and did all his GCSEs in Welsh. That was it, but it was my first encounter with a Welsh-speaking person “in the wild” (I live in Bristol) and it made me smile. And him too, which was really nice.
Da iawn Ruth! I hope you see him again and you can have a brief Welsh exchange with him. It might encourage him to try and remember more!
I have a small breakthrough to report: I can finally read Lois Arnold’s learners novel Sgŵp! fairly well. There are still words I have to look up as I’m reading, but I’m no longer stumbling over syntax and Welsh constructions in every other sentence. Hŵre! I’m in the middle of Level 3 and the Cwrs Sylfaen, at a point where it’s harder to discern progress in learning than earlier, so this discovery cheered me up.
Dw i wedi cwpla’r crossair yn Lingo am y tro cyntaf ddoe. Doedd dim angen i defnyddio’r geiriadur chwaith!
Thrilled to have my first ever poem written in Welsh printed in Lingo Newydd and then to see in the following issue a letter from a lady thanking me for my poem and saying that she was going to use it for her Welsh group. A very nice compliment
I had a reply to a tweet (yn y Gymraeg) “liked” today by Arthur off Rownd a Rownd
I watch Bing on S4C for listening practice and when Bing managed to blow a bubble for the first time, I cheered because I understood “Dw i di naid e” (spelling, no idea!).
I made up a limerick in response to a given first line on Bore Cothi this morning, and while it wasn’t particularly funny, it did scan & rhyme, & got read out on air.
I also managed to get my mean score on Wordle Cymraeg down to exactly 4 today, which makes it marginally better than my English average of 4.1 guesses
I’ve got my ‘mojo’ back! Not really a breakthrough…, but the pandemic, coupled with the sudden loss of a very dear fellow SSIW’r in 2020 just sent me off the boil.
The other day I caught myself thinking in Welsh, and once I started I couldn’t stop. Great feeling to be getting going again.
This certainly feels like a breakthrough concerning my mindset while doing challenges: It’s been almost two years since I last did a challenge and because I always want to get things super right I felt like I needed to revisit all the challenges I had already done, I know it’s not really necessary, but I couldn’t help it. Normally before starting a new challenge I would prepare for immediate almost painful brainmelt, tried my hardest to stay super focused so that I might get through the sentences without ending up completely lost. But now, while „just repeating old stuff“ I thought I could as well do the dishes or clean a bit. AND I WAS SO RELAXED, the whole time, words and phrases just came to me quite naturally, I finally didn’t worry so much (just like Aran keeps saying hahaha) and it was just so easy going and fun and felt like I could just go in for hours. Best part: I got to keep that mindset even for new content. And I just feel so proud!