Have just finished challenge 24, level 2 (South). This is an absolutely AMAZING process. My brain is all scrambly again - not only is this a sensation that I have learnt is full of positives and NOT a sign of failure, but I'm actively seeking it out now. I've begun grinning to myself as I recognise what is happening!
There is more Welsh thundering round my brain than ever before! It feels as though I have covered years worth in the two and a half months I've been here. I admit to having been on the merry-go-round of learning Welsh some years ago, but this feels almost like a different language.
The latest challenge seems to go over a lot of the stuff we've previously covered. It all came back.
All. Of. It. As if it were just sitting there in a comfy armchair, waiting for its turn!
You cannot believe how that made me feel (well, actually, if anyone can, you lot can). More grinning! I wasn't expecting it to - I was expecting to do ok, and to feel ok about doing ok. That's the other thing - what I say to myself about my learning has changed. I'm not worried about the bits that don't sink in at first, so my attention isn't on them. I can truthfully say to myself that it will come. My attention is on what I can do. I put this down to the magic of SSIW, and also to the sheer strength of support of the folks on this forum. I have seen you all give newcomers, including myself, a warm welcome and such complete reassurance as to lift us up over the bumps.
Interestingly (to me), I did the working memory test and scored badly! Between 4 and 4.5 for every time I did it. I have read here that this might make it harder for me to use this method. It doesn't feel that way at all to me - PHEW!
I thought now would be a good time to say all this (and I apologise for the lengthy ramble) because as I approach the end of level 2 I see that there are only six challenges so far in level three. I think I'm going to feel like I fell off a cliff!
A massive, massive diolch to you all.
Ramble over. As you were!