I’m doing quite nicely - enjoying getting to the end of Level 2, but I always feel a pang of fear whenever Iestyn says the word ‘need’, because I simply don’t understand the structure enough. I’ve not worried about that too much - things get clearer over time - but eisiau has been the exception to that, and has in fact got muddier over time. When I am keeping my Welsh Running Commentary going in my head, I find myself avoiding using eisiau very much. It’s okay at the beginning of a sentence - ‘Mae eisiau i fi wneud hwn’, but if it appears later in a sentence I really go to pot.
In challenge 24 there are a few that I think could be very helpful for me if they were broken down a bit. Sorry it’s a bit lengthy, but I would really appreciate a few pointers on this.
6.40: I’d tell you what to do if you need it.
I would have said … Bydden i’n dweud wrthot ti (confidently) 'sa (fudging third person singular ‘tassen’ thingy) eisiau i ti fe.
It sounds like … Bydden i’n dweud wrthot ti beth i’w wneud tassa eisiau arnot ti. I’m presuming I was on the right track with the ‘tassen’ part, but the ‘arnot’ bit is new?
22.20: He wants to know if you need anything else.
I would have said … Ma fe’n moyn gwybod (confidently) 'sa (fudging third person singular ‘tassen’ thingy AGAIN) eisiau i ti unrhwybeth arall.
It sounds like … Ma fe’n moyn gwybod os oes eisiau unrhwybeth arall wrthot ti. I can get that I should have gone for ‘os’, and I also get the ‘eisiau unrhybeth arall wrthot ti’ but that ‘oes’? What is this ‘oes’ bit? I’m presuming its another part of ‘bod’, but can’t grasp when it needs to be used. I don’t see the pattern.
30.20: I can’t remember how to say what I need yet
I would have said … Alla’ i ddim cofio sut i dweud (confidently) beth mae eisiau i fi eto BUT I would have known it was wrong, and probably thought I ought to have used ‘oes’ instead of ‘mae’ and that it was missing something somewhere, but I wouldn’t know what - basically out of my depth on that one!
It sounds like … Alla’ i ddim cofio sut i dweud be’ sy eisiau arna i eto. What is the ‘sy’? I’m presuming the ‘arna i’ is the same thing as ‘arnot ti’ in the other one? Have we done that somewhere and I have forgotten it?
32.00: You’d tell me if I needed to improve, wouldn’t you?
I would have said … Byddet ti’n dweud wrtha i os eisiau if fi wella, yn fyddet?
It sounds like … Byddet ti’n dweud wrtha i se eisiau if fi well, yn fyddet? So presumably just using the ‘tassen’ thingy on that one.
32.20: I’d tell you what we need to do if I could
I would have said … Bydden i’n dweud wrthot ti beth mae eisiau i ni wneud, sen i’n gallu.
It sounds like … Bydden i’n dweud wrthot ti be’ sy eisiau i ni wneud, sen i’n gallu.
So actually now in writing this I AM starting to see a pattern - after ‘beth’ we get ‘sy’ instead of ‘mae’ … Not sure about the other stuff though, and I think all hell will break loose if try to say I DON’T need anything! But actually I WOULD like an example of how to do that …
I’ve just read that through - mae eisiau i fi siaced syth.