Be good to me,
I have Diolch to say
That’s how it should be ...
(on the tune of “Monday, Monday” by The Mamas and The Papas)
And Wednesday wasn’t good to me as it’s Thursday already so I’m a day late. But here we go ...
Ooooo, now the secret I've seaked for so long slipt out! I'll start to circle round the net now! I bet I'll find you being in the choir somewhere.
Oh, I'm sorry SSiW didn't exist yet and I didn't learn Welsh at the time, too.
But, you have to return to beautiful Postojna Cave one day. We might sing one of these beautiful Welsh songs together in the Concert Hall! It really echoes fantasticly there!
Thank you Côr Meibion Madog in deed for travelling to Slovenia so @aran could visit our beautiful country.
And now for the tenth thank you, which goes to the man who literally (kindly and with all his power, magic and determination) forced me to succeed on my Welsh learning path. Some of you might already figured out this man is @aran!
I came on here moaning and stressing my learning problems all around the forum some 4 years ago and I was from time to time even rude to the people who wanted only to help me (sorry for that, really, once again), being stubbornily convinced this process of learning doesn’t work for me. Apart from first discussion about new forum which occured a bit earlier I started my postings with the (hard on myself) comment in the thread about Levels VS Courses discussion and Aran sensed this is actually not my problem at all very quickly. His advises were given straight to the point and the discussion became more or less off topic from my end of things so he kindly created my own thread about my progress reports.
Since my learning process seamed to me as it is going nowhere Aran created a tactic of “pulling curiousity” out of me. Those who have their own children or have to deal with them know how it goes. Just promisse something of what might pull big amount of curiosity from the child and they’d do anything you say to see what’s waiting for them after that. Yah, I’m curious enoudh (Aran read me here very well) to just push on with what I was told to do and how to learn. But I didn’t stop moaning and beating myself. My high level of perfectcy was too high to just let all go to the feeling so I rather moaned then actually go anywhere further in my learning. However, Aran didn’t stop making suggestions, believing advising ... he was kind to me even when I was rude or when I even pulled not just his but anyone’s on this forum nerves. He was here all the time and his determination made me to do things properly in time. I just couldn’t let it all go since so much effort from Aran and all the rest was made in order to help and encourage me in my learning process.
With Aran’s guidance I one day finished Challenges of Level 1 and even did the last one Northern as Southern was not here yet and I was waiting for the surprise which Aran promissed to come to curious (child) me :). I somehow imagined what might come but the surprise still was a surprise in deed. Aran invited me to have an hour chat with him only in Welsh of course. I can’t thank him enough for that. This particular chat made me feel I’ve acheaved somethig. I could somehow cope with an hour long conversation no matter how little Welsh I could produce and my confidence rised up to quite high levels.
But Aran didn’t stop here. He guided me further as I was not completely without moaning times yet although I now consciously tried not to moan anymore. Because of this conversation I could go on, struggle with long and difficult sentences with more ease not to accuse myself about how little I can produce and not to beat myself because of that. It really made wonders and gave me so much needed confidence. He aranged some speaking sessions on Skype with inviting people to chat with me, and after some time (I think it was a year or so) I’ve got another surprise from Aran - the second conversation only in Cymraeg with him, which practically made me regarding learning Welsh what I am today - quite confident, determined and more kind to myself and to the others, Welsh learner/speaker.
Going from constant beating myself and moaning all the time to becoming more friendly, helpful and confident Welsh learner/speaker, was a heck of a journey and would it be someone else and not Aran, I’m sure many wouldn’t be as patient and determined about will I speak Welsh one day as he was (and still is).
He always found the way to keep me going and there was always progress on my learning path even when I moaned I have failed and how notnihg works fo rme. He always has good advise for everyone no matter what problems with learning one might have.
I know he helps many other learners just the way he did me, but I still hold this for somethig really special, something what means really a lot to me and what made huge difference. Aran didn’t help me just to learn Welsh but he also managed to change my mindset quite a lot.
Here are many other people who walked and still walking my learning path with me and I can’t thank you all enough, but today is Aran’s turn to get his own Diolch o galon!
Thank you very much from all of my heart for everything you’ve done for me with helping me on my learning path.
Diolch yn fawr iawn, Aran!
To be continued next week ...