An Englishman in South Wales
Some thoughts and feedback after completing Level 1, Level 2 and Deep End.
I started SSIW about 9 months ago. I have also completed the Learn Welsh Mynediad course and am currently doing the intensive Sylvaen course in a real classroom. Total learning time period of 14 months so far.
I’m hooked on the Welsh language and need to learn more.
I spend many quiet moments translating everything into Welsh. I do it all the time. I also rehearse conversations that ‘might’ happen but rarely ever do.
I start up conversations with complete strangers if I hear them speaking in Welsh. The results are sometimes amazing, other times I’m met with disinterest or confusion.
I have become more flexible with the SSIW challenges. I dip in here and there.
A 30-minute SSIW challenge is better use of my time than 30 minutes of television.
I have become more flexible in my use of Welsh and take risks without a care in the world. The worst that could happen is that I could make a mistake.
My stamina for Welsh SSIW Challenges has increased to the point that I can listen to many challenges consecutively on a long walk without problem. When I started, I couldn’t finish a single challenge at one sitting as my brain was fried.
I don’t understand the concern about whether it is North Welsh or South Welsh when you could learn both/all versions with all its idiosyncrasies. This seems like all part of the fun and you would be more flexible with your use of the language.
I have started listening to some of the old course challenges which are a great follow up to the main course.
I am deeply puzzled that many Welsh people are so ambivalent towards their own language. Could you imagine an English person not learning English?
Going to a real live class helped me with the conversational aspect of SSIW. You have a room of people who want to spend time speaking welsh for 3 hours a week. The two learning platforms of SSIW and live lessons in class have had a symbiotic relationship for me.
Slack is still a problem for me. I frequently plan to go on it but cannot bring myself to do it. This is my problem rather than anyone else’s. If you do happen to find me there, please be gentle.
I don’t know why some of the tasks were in the structured courses. E.g. 5 short stories, Amikumu, Soundcloud recordings and so on but I got to the end fine. I like to know the ‘why’ aspect of things.
I am thoroughly grateful to the SSIW team and the SSIW members here for the learning experience. Thank you.