It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, and it’s clearly time since I’ve hit a bit of heavy weather in my learning. When I last posted everyone was so helpful, and I need a bit of encouragement since I’m baffled.
Since starting last summer – after finishing the Duolingo Welsh course – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed SSIW, and have found that, for the first time in my life, I feel like I’m learning a language. I’ve pushed through, never used the pause button for the sake of slowing down, and have listened to all of the lessons and courses for Southern Welsh; I’ve actually worked through each of the course two and sometimes three times, which helps me fine-tune things, pick up things I’ve missed, etc. I regularly listen to one or two lessons a day; on weekends, like today, I’ve listened to four.
Everything seemed to be going along fine until Course 3 (old material). I’m now going through it for the second time, and while I’m clearly learning, I’m also having a mighty struggle with the short forms of the verbs. A lot of it is because so many of them seem very similar, and my brain is bouncing all over the place, trying to keep up. I’m even struggling just to come up with some mnemonics to help me remember one over the other.
Also, it wasn’t until about a month or so ago that I saw a post on the forum about the listening exercises. Somehow I’d missed them (I listen to a lot of lessons on my smartphone as I’m driving around or working around the house, and for some reason just didn’t see them). This is important, because my listening comprehension is, in a word, horrible. After closing in on a year of working on Welsh, I feel I can formulate a lot of sentences, but when I’m listening, my brain just freezes.
So I’m trying to catch up on the listening exercises and also watching “Anita” and other shows on S4C, listening to Radio Cymru and chasing down other listening opportunities.
Can anyone offer some hard-earned advice about sorting out these issues with the short form and with listening?
I’m not planning to give up – not a chance, I love it too much – but I am worried about getting myself thoroughly messed up. I’d like to get past this hurdle, as I hope to soon get a Skype partner and start really practicing my Welsh with another learner, rather than just talking to myself around the house and seeing my husband’s weird looks.
Thanks so much for anything you can suggest.