Many thanks; I am on challenge 2, but I am not quite sure where ti start with the 5 minute test - do I need to learn more first? How does it work? Diolch yn fawr,
The instructions for the 5 minute test are here
I’m not sure at what point in the Challenges you’ve learned all the structures you need. I’m guessing at least halfway through Level 1? But it would be great for you to start practicing making up sentences with whatever you do know, and by the time you’re ready for the 5 minute challenge, there’ll be no stopping you
O my goodness… A neighbour, Mark told me about this fabulous app… I started yesterday. I was rubbish at French & no better at Spanish at school… It was all the verbs that stressed me out. Welsh seems easier in comparison … although hard to get my tongue around the sounds… I’m loving it. I’m 50, just moved to North Wales & have no plans to EVER move away so thought trying to learn the language would be a terrific way to feel a part of this wonderful place.
For my experience - compared to French, Italian (and I’ve never studied Spanish, but doesn’t seem much different)…Welsh for verbs is the language you’ve always dreamt of!
Also, the SSiW approach makes learning much smoother anyway, as you may have noticed already!
Croeso/ welcome and enjoy learning. Your brain will melt… But it comes back together with Cymraeg reinforcements…
A warm welcome to the forum (and to Wales!)…
Welcome, @tina-jane! The SSiW method makes learning fun - I’m still having a blast 4 years later and I don’t even live in Wales! Enjoy the Challenges and come ask questions anytime. We’re a friendly bunch and we love to hear how people are doing!
Pryhawn da, Suzie dw i. I am moving to Wales in April and I’m really looking forward to learning how to speak Welsh so that I can fully intergrate into the community. I found SSI Welsh via the facebook group members of Blaenau Ffestiniog. They are very encouraging and helpful. Ive been trying to learn on my own at home for an hour a day but am pleased to find this site, i think it’s going to help me a lot. Diolch yn fawr!
Helo Suzie and croeso / welcome here.
You’ve come to the right place if you want to learn how to speak Welsh “in the wild”. Please come to the forum whenever you need help / advice / tips or just if you want to tell us about your progress. We’re always here to help and to celebrate triumphs.
Helo Brigitte, diolch for the croeso! I’ll enjoy using the site and i’ll certainly ask for help when I get a bit stuck. Diolch!
Welcome, Suzie! Glad you found us!
We are pleased too, and shall try our best
Diolch yn fawr to everyone. I’m on day 4 and …
Dw i isio dysgu siarad Cymraeg achos dw i caru Cymru a dw i isio yr iaith Gymru(?) parhau.
A very warm welcome to the forum, Suzie - and what a flying start you’re off to!
I’m thinking of doing the 6 minutes a day course but I’m concerned that I might be a little bit slow in getting through all the content each week. I’ll probably be OK but my old brain isn’t as sharp as it used to be.
Welcome! A lot of us here are not exactly in the first flush of youth. We may not be as fast as we once were, but we get on well and have a lot of fun. I suggest that you go for it!
Diolch Aran, I’ve just finished day 5 and my husband is amazed at how i’ve managed to learn so quickly and how fast i say such a long long sentence. It’s just brilliant and i love it!
Helo! I’ve just completed Day 5 of the sentences and am really enjoying it. I’m on a 76 day streak on Duolingo and whilst I can concoct sentences like Wyt ti eisiau gweld tylluan frown a gwyn? I can’t actually say anything - at least until now!
I’ve wanted to learn Welsh since I was about twelve, when friends of my parents moved from Oxford to a village who knows where and immersed themselves in all things welsh, including the language. It seemed like the most remote place I’d ever been to and I was enchanted.
I now have a son studying at Bangor Uni. When we visited for the Open Day we stayed overnight in a hotel and ate in the restaurant surrounded by Welsh speakers. It was awesome and made me realised that I STILL want to learn Welsh and can try it out whenever I ferry son 3 backwards and forwards. (I’ve subsequently found out that I have some Welsh ancestry too, so even better).
The other factor is that I speak Catalan and have a passionate belief that smaller languages should be defended at all costs. Visca el Gal·les! (That’s Catalan for Long Live Welsh).
Welcome, Rachel! Congratulations on your Duolingo streak! That shows commitment Thanks for sharing your story. I think you’ll find SSiW a much quicker way to get actually speaking than Duolingo. Have fun and be sure to come ask us any questions!
Indeed…and don’t forget listening I have found S4C Clic to be an absolute gift for hearing the language spoken. It attunes your ear even when you don’t understand a lot, gives you new words or ways to use them (llawr was word of the day on Twitter recently and was used in Gerddi Cymru in the context of 'down to the bottom of the garden)–and you may occasionally clap when you understood something without realising it.