How bad is my Welsh is more appropriate, maybe?
How long have you been learning?
With SSiW, two months.
But, hey, in my curriculum I have more than 10 years of singing along Datblygu songs in what I call “fake Welsh”; that means, just copying the sounds and without having any idea of what I’m saying - just like I did as a child with songs in English.
It all started by chance during a long trip through France, when I noticed I really loved the way this strange language sounded and it was just so much fun - I’m pretty sure my boyfriend seriously considered leaving me in a faraway land to stop hearing me trying to say “hollol” for the millionth time!
Anyway, those songs, a bunch of YouTube videos and a tiny bit of Duolingo (see below) is the ONLY Welsh I had ever heard in my life before SSiW. it seemed quite an interesting challenge, so...here I am!
What means have you been using?
A YouTube series to learn the alphabet.
Duolingo, for about 3 days, with the first and shorter version of the course, then maybe a week with the longer version, and right before starting SSiW - in fact it’s in Duolingo that I found the link to SSiW.
SSiW, that I believe is really the only method that can work for me right now because...well...I really don’t NEED to learn Welsh, so I can only succeed if I enjoy myself in the process!
What level is your Welsh at now?
Uhmmmm...very basic? I really need more words in my vocabulary. However, it’s astonishing how much I can already understand and say in such a short time!
I certainly didn’t expect such a fast progress, with a language that sounded so weird and different from anything I know.
Can you, for example, happily listen to the radio or watch the TV in Welsh and understand all / most / some / the odd word of what's being said?
“Happily listen to the radio”, definitely not. “Frustratingly listen”...yes!
I tried just a few times, but I’m exhausted after a few minutes and after all, what can I understand? Only the words from SSiW challenges and a few more I heard in the songs!!! Which I do but it’s almost never enough to understand what they’re talking about,
it’s really annoying, so I’ll try again in some time from now.
As for TV, it’s a bit better because I can at least see and kinda figure what’s going on. I’d enjoy Becws/Beca show but I don’t think I can easily see it in Italy. (I’ll find out).
Can you speak fluently native speakers / get the gist of conversation / answer and ask simple question?
My experience with fluent speakers so far was only via Slack and well...it was an interesting experience, but I can tell for sure I can’t really understand much or make complex sentences. But I definitely can ask and answer simple questions, that’s already great!
Can you read books in Welsh and at what level?
No way! I’m starting to understand spoken Welsh, but written Welsh is simply dreadful. However I do enjoy following lyrics while I listen to the songs and it's great also cause it can definitely take my singing-along to a whole new level!