I have lived in Aberystwyth, on and off for over 30 years, I have tried and failed several times to learn Welsh over the years, at times done better than others but then always let it slip from my grasp. I am a writer so language is very important to me and I didn't want to be vulnerable in a language. I have many first language welsh speaking friends and many friends who have learned Welsh, and my partner learned welsh in school and can hold basic conversations, so I have no shortage of people who will help me learn. Also I live in Aberystwyth so the language is all around me every day, all my neighbours are welsh speaking, my local shop and pub are filled with Welsh conversations every day. Last year I met the lovely (now sadly departed) Chris Grooms who was a huge inspiration to me, a welsh speaking Texan and my wish to learn the language began to overcome my fears. At the end of last year I set myself the goal of being able to be able to understand more and possibly go on an intensive course this year. Then I discovered SSIW and it all became far easier, and far more fun and now I am writing a play about learning Welsh too. And for the first time I am happy to speak Welsh badly and not minding if I get things wrong. I can't do all the things on SSIW - like the Group Speaking Sessions as I teach and have events in the evenings so mostly my Welsh learning is very early in the morning or very late at night or walking the dogs. One of my dogs appears to be picking up welsh quite well also, we jokingly started to say various things in Welsh rather than doing the spell thing - like Coed and Traeth. And he now appears to know those words too.