Welcome Gareth. I am originally from Newcastle as well and wish you well in your learning journey. You will be pleasantly surprised to come across some vowel sounds and even the odd word that will already make sense to you. Go for it.
Hi mate. Just wondering how you got on? I’ve just finished 12 and not sure whether to go back and repeat past couple. Heck it seems harder than first 10.
I am finding the language fiendishly difficult, but fascinating. Dwi caru gysgu! Especially at you’re slow pace. I want to learn more to gain some respect from the lovely Welsh people (as a saesneg - is that right?) I do need some help though. I spent all day yesterday trying to pronounce thank you (Diolch) correctly. Can I, no I can’t!
Hello. My name is Natalia. I am from Poland but have lived in England since August 2018. I have just signed up here as realised I really would love to learn Welsh. It might be difficult -I’m not a youngster and have no connection to Cymru at all. I’m just in pure love with this beautiful country and absolutely amazing language which sounds like magic. My partner, who’s English, thinks it’s not very wise to learn a language I’m not very likely to use. But he’s more practical than me. I want to learn because it’s a beauty.
I will be very happy to find some friends here. I don’t have many friends in England. To be honest living in UK has been a bit of struggle to me, job wise and friendship wise. I miss my family and friends etc. I also don’t have much time for myself (I wish I had found you in April when was sent on furlough leave and had two months for passions) working in a nursery . I’m btw a primary schoolteacher(early years) but can’t find work as one here. What else about me. I’m vegan. Love animals-have four rescued cats, and help horse sanctuary in my home country. Painting and photography are my passions. Love my garden , listening to the music. My favourite ever and forever band is Marillion.
Welcome Natalia, you’ll certainly find friends here and even though you live in England, you’ll be surprised how much chance you will have to speak Welsh - lots of places have groups and meetings (once all the covid restrictions are eased), and there are always online conversations you can turn to too, on our Slack groups . Age and no-connection-to-Cymru are no barriers at all, and judging by your hobbies and interests, I’d say you’ll fit in here very well!
Have a browse around the forum, and anytime you need to ask something, we’re here for you
I went to Poland 2 years ago. Szczecin, I tried to hard with the language but could never get the pronouncation right. They were lovely people and helped us at every turn. I think your partner is like most English people don’t really see the point of speaking Welsh. But it’s a wonderful challenge and I’m not sure if Polish isn’t more difficult? I’m not going to give up on Polish or Welsh until I am 80! I still need some help to pronounce ‘Diolch’.
I don’t know if this will be any help to you, I found a book called Cwm Gwrachod by Colin Jones, it’s not very long but fun for trying out reading. I
There are differences between North and South, in it but it’s fun for learning
Thank you for such a warm welcome. Good to know it is a friendly place.
Nice to know you’ve visited Poland. At the seaside i recommend Gdańsk, one of my favourite cities. And the seaside is beautiful.
On the other side there’s always Kraków with beautiful Jewish district called Kazimierz and Wrocław. We’ve got beautiful mountains like Tatras, Karkonosze, Pieniny etc. Lovely Lakes on North East side of Poland and many beautiful backwoods (Although current government want to destroy them so maybe not in the future.).
As far as I know Polish language is the most difficult in the world, we have got difficult pronouncing, grammar, ortography. Everything in Polish is difficult even for native speakers. but you can do it, I know a few foreigners speaking Polish fluently.
It is also full of rustling and swishing sounds like i believe Welsh.
Thank you for another nice welcome. I already feel like in the right place here.
Edit : PS.i have forgotten to mention the capital city, my home, Warszawa. It is very modern as was destroyed almost completely during WWII, but it’s very lively place, and has many places worth seeing.