I’m sharing this because it’s made me happy.
I use an online “micro job” site to earn a bit of extra cash each month. The tasks vary from surveys to judging the quality of audio and usually consist of a large quantity of low-paying (Euro cents) tasks.
Recently the site emailed me because I had speaking / understanding Welsh as a skill in my profile and they asked me if I’d be willing to participate in a task that invovled being able to understand and judge spoken Welsh. I replied that my Welsh knowledge was OK but not brilliant and I’d be willing to undergo any qualification task to see if I was suitable.
This led to me being included in the study, which I can’t go into due to it being covered by an NDA, but it has so far earned me around $50 for a couple of hours’ work.
I’m sharing this really because I was really excited at the fact that learning Welsh has ended up earning me a small amount of money that I otherwise would not have. I get sick of having to defend the fact I’m learning Welsh instead of something “useful” like Spanish (I cross the Severn several times a year; I’ve never visited Spain!) so being able to say “Actually, learning Welsh has paid off!” is wonderful!
Of course Welsh is wonderful for many reasons, but being able to put a (small) price on it makes it easier to convince others of this!
Just thought I’d share