Today is two years to the day since I signed up with SSiW and listened to my first lesson. It is very hard to fully express my gratitude to Aran, Catrin, Iestyn and Cat for creating SaySomethingIn.com and building the amazing course materials available on this site. Because of their work and dedication, I have achieved a long held dream; I am a Welsh speaker! On that first day, there is no way that I could imagine myself living a whole week through nothing but the Welsh language; meeting up with other learners twice a month, and speaking only Welsh during those meetings; reading books written for Welsh speaking teens (not learners); thinking in Welsh and incredibly, dreaming in Welsh.
Of course, its not been all plain sailing. I have had my fair share of ups and downs, doubts and difficulties. But all though that time, I have had this forum to turn to for answers, advice, help and a shot in the arm when I badly needed it. I am so proud to be a part of this very special community. I very much hope that I in turn have been able to contribute to the learning experiences of my fellow dysgwyr to some small extent.
I owe so much to so many of you all that I just wanted to post this and say “Diolch o waelod calon i chi!”
SSIW induces a bit of religious fervour - that need to evangelise (can’t spell proselitise). I even found out the chap who serviced my gas boiler yesterday is using SSIW - the chaps at the football club had told him it’s the way to go for busy working dads who want to keep up with their children at Welsh school. I was so pleased. I even forgave him the lukewarm bath this morning as he’d altered all my hot water settings!