Boy howdy do I have some updates! Apparently I’m really good at disappearing for long amounts of time and randomly popping up here again. Sorry! I miss talking to all of you and spying on your conversations.
Some highlights in my Welsh-learning life lately have been:
- attending Cwrs Cymraeg 2015 in July last year when Cymdeithas Madog brought it to my city. THAT…was amazing. By the end of the week, I wasn’t able to speak much Welsh anymore because my brain was fried and (for some reason) wouldn’t let me, but my comprehension shot through the roof! I think even by the very end, when I was tired and couldn’t force a single Welsh word out of my mouth no matter how hard I tried, I was sitting at about 85-90% comprehension when the tutors were speaking Welsh around me. It felt amazing! I picked up so much vocabulary and I’m still learning more all the time.
- I won the Eisteddfod at Cwrs for my level! AAAH!!
- I started dating someone I met at Cwrs who was in a higher level than me (she’s REALLY GOOD), and now I get to practice writing/speaking the language everyday with someone I love, and we’re learning more together. Slowly, mind, but surely. Awesome.
- I’ve bought my first novel in Welsh and am picking my way through it! I’ve read a few children’s books in very basic language and felt very accomplished by the end, but now I’m tackling Y Gwrachod (The Witches) by Roald Dahl and loving every minute of it…even if I have to stop a few times to look up words I don’t know.
So those are my updates. I’ve been plugging along with my SSiW lessons and savoring every bit of new language I learn, and I’m so excited to be making so much more progress.