Phew… that was a busy 3 weeks. Having not done any Welsh lessons for (cough) several months, I did a very quick whistle-stop tour through course 1 again. It was reassuring how late in the course it started to get difficult (around lesson 19 or 20). I think this probably vindicates what @aran has been saying about learners who come back to courses after long gaps.
So tomorrow I’m moving on to course 2 lesson 1… fingers crossed!
Lesson 25 is always going to be a tougher challenge than previous lessons, because there are less clues as to what is coming next. It’s not quite as random as the speaking practices, but not far off, and far more random than a genuine conversation. If you have not quite smashed it on the first run through, then you have one exceptionally well, @robstickler. If you have struggled through and got to the end, then you have done exceptionally well, not only because you’ve obviously learnt nearly all of the material weve rpesented well enough to use it, but also because the tougher the challenge, the more you’ve achieved. Remember, making mistakes, struggling to remember, and genuinely forgetting and haveing to be reminded are all vitally important parts of the process. It’s why SSiW is like nothing you’ve ever done before!
@davidht - well done sir! That is a major achievement, both getting to lesson 20 fairly much problem free, and powering through from there to the end. You’ll love course 2!
@robstickler - Only gve it another go if it was really disasterous. In fact, no, not even then. Move on to something more interesting - new material, new challenges - and come back to it after a few days or weeks. It will still be there, it will still be tough, and it will still be totally unimportant for you to pass any kind of mythical “70% pass mark” or aything that traditional courses would demand. What you will do, though, is remind yourself of a few patterns that were beginning to dim, and come across a few patterns or words that you think “Hey - when did I learn that?”. That’s the process as well. But if you’re already learning other stuff, then your Welsh is imporoving all the time, regardless of whether you get some mutation right, or whether you mix up some words or patterns. The more you know, the more you are able to forget, and importantly, the more you are able to balg your way through a real conversation!
Now, fill yourself with joy and pride about how much you’ve achieved so far, and go do another lesson!
Thanks Iestyn! One of the many things I love about our SSiW community is the online support mechanism. “Distance learning” can be hard, epecially for people like me learning Welsh yet living outside Wales, so the support is greatly appreciated.