Hello. That’s a long time I did not come here and I’m happy to come back.
In fact, I gave up with SSIW because I was not at all at my ease with the vocabulary. I found:it was very axed around yoursel, beginner, and the way you want to speak, you try to speak, you would have liked to speak, you shoudl speak, you have been speaking, etc (more temps again when you’re not even at lesson 5) but… youre still unabbble to say Hello to the fisrt welsh people you’ll meet and tell him or her if you prefer coffee or beer, or if you eat meat or not. The thing you’re everyday recalled is how you’ll impress your welsh auditory.
So I decided to mix SSIW with BBC Wales lessons, and at last I was in the real life, more affective, more friendly; less turning around myself and my impressive capacities to speak welsh and impress my auditory according having begun so few time ago (excuse me for this very bad english).
Then someone talked to me of SSIW “old lessons”. , and they indeed are much closer to what I like : yet, Aran presents himself, says his name and wife’s name Catryn, the differences between their 2 ways of pronouncing, etc. Also : he explains immediatly that in welsh the english present-present (I go) and the progressive present (I’m: going) are the same, so you immediatly understant that to say “I’m going” you use exactly the same way that ffor “I go”. In lesson 1 “new lessons” I was wondering about that : why “I am going” was the same that “I go”; no explaination). Well, and other examples.
You may also from this very first lesson, speak with someone and ask him or her about him or her, because you leran the “you” (well I would have liked both" ti" and “chi”, but nobody is perfect). Once more, it’s more friendly to ask people about themselves than always turning around your own person.
Voilà. It’s just my opinion, but I give it just in case it would help, because I remember someone (apart from me) lamenting a bit about the type of vocabulary a bit “out of real life”.
Ah, and just a last reason for me to prefer the new lessons : the jingle at the beginning, is less agressive. From another side, sure that the very first note of the song in new lessons will awake you if you’re still a bit dreamy; it may be nice too, but I prefer the neutral (and short) little notes beginning the old lessons. Well, that’s probably very subjective.
So I suppose there was good reasons for changing the axe of the vocabullary and give les explainations, but what I hope is that old lessons would be available on the site a long time !
.(and please do forgive the typing errors if let, in addition to my incorrect english)