Yes! Well, perhaps better phrasing would be “I started to learn Welsh. . . . .” While listening to a Celtic radio program, I heard the wonderful harpist and singer Sian James. I had never heard Welsh before, and I was mesmerized! (I even wrote her a fan letter–something I had never done!) That led to an online search for information about the language. (Hurrah for SSIW!) I also discovered the official Welsh poetic meters and started writing in those lovely poetic forms. A journal editor encouraged me to compile a book, which led to the publication of The Language of Bones: American Journeys Through Bardic Verse (Kelsaybooks.com). If anyone would like to try writing in traditional Welsh meters, I have shared an article about the rhupunt here:
I write in English because my Welsh is no where near poetic levels yet, but I’ll bet some of you SSIW members can manage it! And my journey started with that one song.