If someone had asked me what I wanted to read next, the answer almost certainly wouldn’t have been: “The biography of the Go Compare man!” Wynne Evans – O Gaerfyrddin i Go Compare was next on the Learn Welsh entry reading list, so I thought I’d give it a go.
From a rural river walk in Snowdonia to an urban tour through Cardiff Bay and a hike along the coast path on the Gower Peninsula. Am Dro! is a programme that challenges walkers to lead each other on their favourite Welsh hiking trails, showcasing the local scenery, history and culture.
Two months ago, I didn’t speak a word of Welsh. Now 48 class hours, 264 Duolingo lessons and 130 coursebook pages later, it’s going pretty well. We’ve covered so much – from starting a conversation to discussing everyday activities and where we come from.
“Re-reading endless lists of words and phrases is boring and your brain knows it.” Wise words from the team behind language-learning app Memrise. The London-based company, founded in 2010, now has more than 50 million users in nearly 200 countries.
I didn’t read a book in French until I’d been learning for five years, but I’ve just finished my first book in Welsh after five weeks. Le Petit Prince was a great story, but I didn’t read it until AS-level, so I wasn’t expecting to try a book in Welsh eight units into the entry course.
From reading a book, to watching a film or tuning in to a podcast, there are loads of great ways to practice new language skills. Unfortunately face-to-face conversation groups, trips to the theatre and gigs are off the cards for now, but there are still plenty of opportunities to use Welsh.
I’m on a 37-day streak in the Ruby League and I’ve just bought an owl a dinner jacket. I’ll admit – I’m a little bit hooked on Duolingo. According to their website, 300 million people use the language-learning platform, which they describe as “the world’s best way to learn a language”.
There’s a sign hanging above the bakestone of one of my favourite stalls in Cardiff Market saying: “Happiness is a warm Welsh cake.” It’s cold and wet outside, but The Bake Off is on and I’m feeling inspired! What better way to celebrate a month of learning Welsh than by baking Welsh cakes?
There are 360 pages in my textbook. 28 units. And that’s just entry. My course covers foundation, then intermediate. It’s a little bit intimidating… But everyone has to start somewhere, right? So here we are, lesson one. Got the Zoom link. Log-in details. Pen and paper. Cup of tea. Ready to go!
“You’re learning Welsh. Why?” This is something I’ve been hearing a lot lately and seems like a good topic for my first post! Why have I decided to try and pronounce sounds like Ll, learn 100 words of vocab a week and attempt to get my head around the ominous-sounding “soft mutation”?
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