Apologies for coming so late to the party. I haven't been doing much on the forum lately, as a very dear friend (and proud Welshman) passed away from ALS last week.
I did want to express my thanks here, though, too.
I want to thank my friend Sarah Graham, who is not on this forum but introduced me to SSiW when I was despairing of finding any good way to study from Canada. She has Skyped with me weekly in Welsh. I remember practicing what I was going to say in my head before that first Skype and feeling exhausted after just 5 minutes. This week, we happily rattled on about programming (we're both programmers), and I couldn't believe it when I looked up and found more than half an hour had passed.
I'd also like to thank Sarah's first-language Welsh speaking boyfriend Meurig who told me a few months ago that I sounded "natural" speaking Welsh and that he thought I was "eitha rhugl" (fairly fluent). I literally cried when he said that, because I really didn't think I was that good.
One of the reasons I am improving all the time is due to my lovely new friend @Novem who I met on the SSiW forums and Skypes with me weekly in Welsh also. I enjoy every conversation we have, and we've talked about so many subjects - her school work, walking tours, earthquakes in Italy and tornados in Canada - I never know where our conversation is going to take us.
Finally, I want to thank @Aran and @catrinlliarjones and the rest of the team and forum family at SSiW. There is no possible way I could have gotten to the level I'm at, while living in the depths of Canada, if it weren't for you. Beyond the "oh so practical" lessons, through you I learned that I could listen to BBC Radio Cymru and watch S4C online. Your encouragement in the forums has meant more to me than you can imagine.