It’s turning into an interesting year…
I am delighted to be able to announce that we’ve found someone to take on the very serious amount of work needed to provide our strong intermediate and advanced learners with a priceless new resource:
A weekly 30 minute conversation - with interesting people - with a TRANSCRIPT and a TRANSLATION.
For many of you, this is going to be the final piece of the jigsaw - it will condense what would otherwise have been months or years of listening to Radio Cymru into a far more intensive and speedy journey towards absolute proficiency.
It’s just the beginning.
The person we’ve been lucky enough to hook - Beca Brown - has got a HUGE breadth of experience as a journalist in Welsh and English, as a writer, and as a maker of TV programmes - and we simply couldn’t have found ANYONE better to start building what we hope is going to turn into a gigantic collection of advanced-learner-friendly content.
I’m pointing Beca towards setting up an account on the forum so that she can come in and say hello to you all - and as she gets to know you over the coming months, that will help inform her choices about the kind of conversations and then - in due course - the kind of extra content that will be most valuable and interesting for you…
This triggers some other changes.
As most of you know, our current set-up is that Level 1 is free, and then continued access costs £3.95 a month.
We’ve always been conscious that we’re not doing as much as we’d like for our advanced learners - but now we’re going to be providing a 30 minute chat/transcript/translation EVERY week, that’s changing.
And so will the price. To £10 a month (plus VAT - we’re over the threshold now).
NOT for YOU.
If you’re currently subscribing at £3.95 a month, we’re never going to change that. We refuse, point blank. It doesn’t feel right to us. We’re not even going to add VAT to it, although many of our longest-serving supporters and closest friends will tut loudly at us about that.
Beca is starting work about the middle of August, and we’re going to give her about a month before we start publishing (so that she can build up a bit of a backlog).
Anyone who subscribes before the end of August will also be on the £3.95 a month rate - for ever.
We’re going to do our best to reach everyone who is considering subscribing, and to let them know that jumping in before the end of August will save them almost £100 a year.
If you could help spread the word - tell any friends you know are thinking about it, sharing on social media, that kind of stuff - that would be absolutely fantastic…
[More news coming soon: we’re going to be switching the ‘free Level 1’ model over to a ‘subscribe or scholarship’ model - which we think is going to help us provide more to ALL our learners, while also giving MORE free learning to people who really can’t afford it otherwise. I’ll post more details next week… ]