First of all apologies if this isn’t the right place to post this.
I am a Spanish girl living in Wales. About 6 years ago I tried to learn Welsh with a very basic book, my reasons back then for wanting to learn were that being my partner Welsh, and all her family and friends Welsh, I wanted to be part of all the conversations without the need of them translating, saying lots twice etc, and also to speak to all the children not very fluent yet.
I gave up, mainly because I wanted to be able UNDERSTAND more than SPEAK, and my partner kept saying after every page, we don’t say that, people would understand you but nobody would say it like that. So I couldn’t see the point as my main focus was to understand more than being fluent myself. We were living in England and Spain 50-50
Now, many years after, I’m willing, or I should say, I’m desperate to learn it. The situation has changed. We have two daughters, the eldest, 3, is doing brilliantly speaking Welsh and Spanish. And I thought I could learn that way, with her.
Which is working fine, but I’m basically stuck in children’s level. Ti di blino, ti isio pwyd? Gwely, chwarae, etc… (All heard, not written) I understand 90% of what my husband says to them.
The main problem is that
- Soon they’ll be well ahead when they start school
- I need to be able to talk with adults. Mainly school groups, mothers, helping with homework etc.
I went to my first meeting for “cylch Meithrin” last night, and I felt bad making 14 people speak English only because of me (minus one woman who clearly couldn’t make the effort and only spoke Welsh, but actually I have to thank because now I’m determined to learn- after my initial depression and feelings of wanting to pack my bags and go back to Spain with my children)
Anyway, to cut a long story short. I’m in emails, whatsapp groups, ti a fi groups, and can’t understand a thing. Being Spanish and already trying to get as fluent in English as I can, I could give up and socialise only with English speakers, but wouldn’t be good for anybody, family, friends etc, so I want to start. Now.
I just don’t know where because I don’t have the time to assist to classes, looking after a 1 and 3 years old full time with no family nearby.
We live in north wales and all books I can find are very much south-Welsh.
Many thanks and sorry for the long post!
PS. I’m happy to help to any Spanish learners, but I think I can only log in into one group