I don’t suppose buying a pint successfully in Welsh really counts does it? It’s not exactly hard in any language.
Well, on one of our excursions on the April Bootcamp, I think I must have found the only person in Wales who didn’t know what the Ty Bach is … poor woman looked terrified! (On second thoughts, perhaps a reasonable reaction to a mad-looking scruffy Saesneg… ).
There were many conversations that basically went ok, but in which I needed help with the odd English word or phrase being thrown in to keep the flow going, but perhaps the most satisfying ones were simple transactions in shops & cafés where not a single word of English was uttered, but everything passed off ok. Sometimes, but not always in these situations, I would say I was a learner, and this usually made them look pleased, which I thought was nice.
I’d have no hesitation in at least attempting to use Welsh in Wales from now on, provided of course that I keep up my SSiW, and listening and watching onlne, which I certainly intend to do.