Given I’m always being told to discuss my experiences at the end of the podcasts, here I am. I mention this as I come to the end of Level 1, I’m being asked to discuss my experiences. I keep putting this off but I suppose now is a better time than ever.
It would seem that the biggest enemy to Cymraeg is Welsh people themselves. I don’t make a big deal about learning Welsh because I know it will be followed by the usual economically illiterate spiel. I speak it with some (slightly) older colleagues at work (I’m a PhD student and I work in a lab), one of whom is always impressed at my skills. I go to Cant a mil (Welsh shop near my residence) and practice with them now and again. It would be nice though to meet other speakers/learners around my age whom I can befriend and practice with. The monthly meetups are a bit far as I’m based at the hospital and experiments over run, and go long into the evenings. Is there a Facebook group for Cardiff Welsh Speakers?
I went into a charity shop the other day and picked up a Welsh dictionary. When I told the old lady at the counter that I am learning Welsh, she came out with some nonsense about English being the international language etc etc. My supervisor sends his kids to Howells- a top private school in Cardiff, and he told me that even the Welsh teacher doesn’t think it’s useful. So it would seem that at all levels of society, there is this old fashioned and imperious view that English should rule, and other languages should only be learnt for economic benefit.
I don’t find the language ‘hard’ (yet) and I love how it sounds, but for the most part the public attitude surrounding Welsh in Cardiff is rather frosty. I’m not speaking as much as I should be and I’m worried it may slow me down as I start Level 2. It’s a shame that so many people here don’t realise they have this great language.
On a brighter note I am enjoying Welsh music on youtube and BBC Cymru and I’m going to start watching Y Gwyll!
Thoughts? (sorry if this sounds a bit like a rant- because it is!)
Oh and diolch yn fawr iawn to the SSIW team. I really enjoy the course! Welsh is awesome!