Forgive me if I misunderstand your concern about ‘badges’, but since your comments showed up as a response to my celebration about making progress through speaking practices by moving through the different coloured tags, I would say ‘different strokes for different folks’. Something that gives one person a boost may not appeal to someone else—fair enough, that’s OK. More importantly, it sounds like you truly ‘know yourself’ and what makes you tick, or not. Great, that puts you the perfect position to tackle your learning in whatever ways give you most joy and satisfaction.
One of the blessings of SSiW is the variety of approaches to learning it offers, and reading various posts on the Forum is proof of the many ways folk have made use of the flexibility and, if necessary, adapted the programme to their own learning goals and styles. Having not grown up with computers, leave alone the web, social media and ability to record and upload my efforts for others to respond to, simply leaarning to navigate the various aps and enlist a young friend to show me how was a bonus that I celebrated as a spinoff benefit to this process of learning to speak Welsh.
You have the option of bootcamp—lucky you! Like many others, I live thousands of miles away so that poses logistical as well as financial obstacles for some of us. No matter, we adapt and take advantage of what we can.
I can appreciate and sympathize with your comments—in different situations I might find myself saying something similar, but SSiW is serving a whole cross-section of people, so don’t let what others may find helpful be a barrier for you.
Many years ago, I was on a rock-climbing course and ‘froze’ near the top of what was for me a difficult pitch because someone on an adjacent climb fell and was dangling on the end of a rope until they could regain their footing. With directions and encouragement form above, my partner talked me through my fear, but when I reached the top he said ‘Never compare yourself with someone else when you are climbing because the distraction could be very costly—not least because it takes away the pleasure. It’s just you and the rock, let that be enough’. I share that only because I hope you can say ‘It’s just me and the Welsh’ and not worry about how others tackle it, or what may encourage them or make them happy—it’s your happiness that counts, so find a strategy that works for you (if you have not already).
It may be hot your end, but it is cold and wet here
All the best,