I have tried a couple of the early lessons and they cover a lot of things I already know. I went to a Welsh language secondary school, and I have always insisted I don’t know any Welsh despite that because I really resented being forced to go to the Welsh language school and I tried very hard not to learn or speak or engage with Welsh while I was there.
Clearly I know some Welsh though and I get pretty bored with those early lessons but I really don’t know the best place to start.
Part of why this is so important to me is that I am currently pregnant, my husband is first language Welsh but we currently live in England. We want our kids (hopefully there will be more) to speak Welsh as a native language as well. Being in England that’s going to be harder because they will out of the home be hearing only English and I worry they won’t see Welsh as worth retaining.
So I want to be able to speak Welsh so it can be the primary household language. Obviously we intend that they will talk to their mam gy on Skype a lot, and we will visit home (Ceredigion) as often as we can afford (which is sadly far less often than we would like).
I’ve been trying various things to try and learn Welsh, online courses (most of them have similar issues, if I start other than at beginner level the holes in what I know are very apparant, but beginner is too boring and simple for me), talking in Welsh with my husband (this is great, and I definately build confidence this way, but he doesn’t really have an interest in correcting me all the time and finds that exhausting so it ends up just being conversing in Wenglish), watching S4C, there’s usually words I don’t know but I can generally get the gist. One thing I did realise is that I have no real practice with writing or reading in my plan so I probably should get some more Welsh books (I got some childrens books to read but I didn’t get round to it yet :P)
Does anyone have any advice on the best way forward? I should probably pay to go to an immersion course/holiday at some point before the baby comes or when they’re still little but money is pretty tight right now so it’s hit and miss whether I will manage to or not.