Hi. Apologies if this has been asked before but I find myself honestly struggling with motivation for SSIW at the moment and I’m not sure what to do. I’m meant to be on Week 11 this week, but to be perfectly honest, I haven’t worked on the course since completing Week 5 and I find my mood has just not been great thinking about it. Is it possible to get the progress I’ve made reset in regards to the weekly emails for starters? Secondly I will admit that I was having problems understanding the purpose of some of the exercises - I don’t understand why I have to listen to the listening exercise every day for example. The first time I heard it I understood most of the words without really trying and to be just letting it flow over me every day just seems boring. If I just wanted to immerse myself in listening to spoken Welsh, and just let it flow over me without understanding it, well I’ve got Radio Cymru, Cymru FM Spotify and S4C for that and at least it’s not just the same over and over. I found myself struggling to remember all the phrases on the daily list as well, though I think I have the Northern ones memorised, just not the Southern versions. I just haven’t got any motivation to plough through five hours of exercises right now and although the weekly emails are good to see where I should be, it also feels a bit like being nagged as well. I haven’t given up on Welsh altogether as I have continued to work through Duolingo every day and I now have about 20 units until it’s complete and I still enjoy Welsh music. I’m not giving up on SSIW, but I would really appreciate some good advice on how to proceed now as I miss the community aspect but I just don’t feel in a good state and I don’t know what to do. Thanks.
Yes, this is entirely possible. You just need to email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be moved back to the Week you want to work on.
This is an excellent sign! A lot of people find it very difficult to understand at first which is why we suggest listening every day to tune your hearing in, but if you’re already understanding it, that’s great! Listening to other sources of Welsh is just what you need.
Do you mean the sentences that you make up? You don’t need to memorise these - in fact the best way to do it is to note just the initial English prompt somewhere, then each day look at that and use it to create new sentences on the fly. You might find that more interesting.
The Weekly emails are really just a suggested schedule of one Challenge a week, but it’s totally up to you how you want to go about it. There is even a new system now called AutoMagic, which is just a continuous stream of learning and you can do as much or as little as you like each time. Perhaps that would be useful for you? You can get to it by clicking on ‘Learn’ about to get to the learning website, then ‘Learn’ again and selecting ‘AutoMagic’ from the dropdown.
Have a run through that - which will be revision at first - and see if it helps you regain your motivation.
I can completely relate. Here’s my potentially controversial solution!
Tagging @Aran, since I’d been meaning to share this feedback with you anyway.
Backstory: I started learning in 2020. You’d think I’d be super advanced by now … I got up to level 2. A few lessons in and I hit a wall. No idea why, but the lessons just weren’t gelling with me. I took a very long break, dipping into lessons occasionally but I couldn’t stick with it.
A friend suggested I try the content in the old course, instead of the new. I picked it up a few weeks ago and I’m nearly at the end of course 1. I’m using this in combination with Duolingo. I find Duolingo pretty slow/boring in comparison to SSIW, but I’m enjoying being able to read and write as well as speak.
I know we’re encouraged to use the new content, but this is really working for me so I’m sticking with it since I feel like I’m on to a good thing! I look forward to my lessons every day and get annoyed if I don’t get a chance to do them!
Hope that helps. Pob lwc!