This weekend I found 2 good opportunities to practice my Welsh!
First was with a family of 1st language welsh speakers - This was very useful in relaxing me regarding my Welsh because sometimes all 3 of my friends had a different way to say something that I had said in Welsh (mostly because of the areas they grew up in!). I used to worry about that but realised that I was still understood and most importantly that there isn’t necessarily one ‘correct way’ so why worry!? I feel that having almost completed level 1 that I am able to say quite a lot of things however this experience also taught me that there is a difference in being able to say something and having a conversation! The thing I struggled with most wasn’t saying the words in Welsh; it was figuring out what to say in the first place! Once I decided what to say they all commented that my Welsh was good so I’m after some advice please: how do you all deal with this? - do you plan ahead? Do you just say something once the opportunity arises??
The other experience was at a Bore coffi arranged by Mentor Iaith Sir DDinbych that I found out about very last minute and thought… why not!?
I had less problem with the above as everyone was a learner or teacher so the conversations tended to be more about your learning so fitted very nicely into the vocabulary I have so far. I tried to branch out from this whenever I got the chance but found that saying something and listening and reponding are two very different things - I use the listening exercises religiously and try to listen to radio etc but I think part of the problem is hearing what is coming back properly and part is that I don’t have the vocabulary to answer in the way I would usually. I have been reluctant to use Slack partly because Ive got no clue how to make it work and the times I have looked to try, the conversations were planned about certain topics (such as holidays) which I don’t have any vocabulary for just now. Any thoughts/tips on this side of things gratefully received too??
However, all that said, I did feel a real sense of achievement from this weekend, in that I know what to work on and I got myself out there more.