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Free course or paying?


#1

When I found SSIW years ago it was all free and now there are so many options. Two free courses, 6min a day andlonger lessons. But I notice you can also pay. I did start doing the free one months ago but I never seem to stick to it, finding time I guess…
My question is how much of a difference is it between all the different free/paid options? And which is best if you’re not sure how much time you can invest? (Random work hours)
Thanks.


#2

Hi @jen . The challenges seem to be the same but there are more of them.

I’ve just finished the 6 months course which gives you weekly structure and further assignments to the challenges. Well worth it in my opinion. I am now doing the Deep End course week 1.

The best option will be the one you have time for, but I would say do it (Learn Welsh) as fast as possible as success will motivate you.


#3

There is no ‘free’ course, some of the lessons are free to get you going but you always had to pay a subscribtion to go past a certain point and, I believe, you can still do it that way to get access to the lessons alone. There are now structured courses to give you a more rounded learning experience which include listening exercises, video sessions, etc. that would give you more guaranteed results. What would suit your life better?


#4

Thanks for the help. Still undecided. I’m doing a writing course online at the moment so I might have to finish that first. Tempted to dive in with the free option and pay if I stick to it. Decision decision :grinning:


#5

Questions that might give you an extra hint to take your decision:
Do you prefer doing things your way, without anyone else telling you what to do?
Do you struggle with self-discipline (like finding motivation, planning activities by yourself, persevering)?
Would getting reminders and tips regularly in your e-mail help you or even be essential for you to keep on doing the course and finish it?
Do you prefer learning/working a little at a time (every day, every week)?
or in short intensive “chunks” (for example, one full week and then a long pause)?

The free lessons + subscription (after challenge 15 if I’m not wrong) gives you total freedom - which of course has pros and cons (as you seem to have noticed…)!

The structured courses have other pros and cons - but I didn’t do them so I can’t tell.


#6

Thanks that’s very helpful. I suppose having goals and emails to keep me on track would be helpful. But also the flexibility to not worry if I’m a bit behind. So you did the short lessons? I find I’d rather do a chunk now and again but cant devote hours and hours when work is crazy


#7

I actually did all three levels by now.
But without the structured courses: I tried one challenge/lesson. Then strategically planned to go on with all the other free ones during holidays - which worked great for me by the way, cause I had more time and brain resources available! So I could see a big change in a short time. And then proceeded with a subscription just fine.

In any case I know that the structured courses can be paused - so it’s really a matter of which type suits you better!


#8

Thanks you’re very helpful :grinning: I’m.going to stick with the free one and see how I get on. I should’ve done it before when there was an offer on.


#9

I was lucky, accidental perfect timing to catch a very good offer when I subscribed!
However, since then I’ve seen more special offers going on. So if you get the newsletter, or follow SSiW on Twitter or Facebook or keep an eye on the forum I guess you can catch it next time!


#10

Subscription is seeming like a good option at the moment because work hours are unpredictable. I’ve been doing a challenge a day for about a week though and I was thinking of doing the course. My only concern being that I may end up behind when my work hours go crazy. Is anyone else just subscribed and not signed up to the course?


#11

Getting behind isn’t the end of the world, in case that happens you can talk to the organisers to get things sorted.
But a lot of people on here started learning before the structured courses became a thing (me included), so I can say from my own experience, that the method works if you go through the challenges in your own time.
The structured courses offer a more guided approach, with some extra activities and some online tutoring, which accelerate the learning, but you can just as well become a confident speaker by “just subscribing”.
Whichever you go for, just remember that you can come here and ask for help, and it will be gladly given. Pob lwc! (Good luck!)


#12

Diolch. :grinning:


#13

update: so I’m near to the end of level one and I’ve just subscribed! I’ve taken the plunge, I didn’t want to subscribe until I was sure I’d stick with it this time. So I’ve done it and I’ve sent the email to join the Slack group. :slight_smile:
I need to practice more sentences out loud to myself when I can but I maybe listen to more radio. I have started watching Codi Parc on S4C. Onwards and upwards.
:joy: Just noticed when you subscribe Level One has more challenges so I’m not at the end level 14​:joy:


#14

You’re doing well there @jen!

There are 25 challenges in Level 1, and a further 25 in Level 2, so plenty to keep you going :slight_smile:


#15

Thanks. I love how supportive everyone is :smiley: I’m enjoying the challenges even when they’re hard I feel motivated to keep going. Diolch.