I want to be able to speak Welsh because my mother and all her ancestors were Welsh. I suppose I want to reconnect with my roots. My mother could understand and speak simple conversational Welsh, but my grandmother had decided not to speak Welsh in the home. I suppose I am technically Welsh, since I was born in Newport, Monmouthshire, but we moved to Bristol when I was two and a half! But I do have a bilingual passport! We spent the war years in a small South Wales mining village, where at that time a lot of Welsh was spoken. So I picked up a Welsh accent and some bits and pieces of Welsh and sang hymns and folksongs in Welsh, but never learned to really speak Welsh. Later on, back in England, I became a French language teacher and have dabbled in several other languages. Over the years I have tried, more off than on, to learn Welsh, and have learned to read Welsh, though with a lot of help from the dictionary. Then I came across SSIW and I really love it. It's great fun. I get a good laugh when I try to follow the double-speed listening practice! It's great too to feel part of this Welsh-learning community. I live in France, but hope to go on holiday to Wales and make contact with people in Welsh.