Saturday 14 January 2023


Have I said we're learning to speak Welsh? We started in September last year; we're really enjoying our twice  a week zoom lessons, although after the 2 hours we feel exhausted, with concentrating so hard. As well as the lessons we do daily exercises with Duolingo and on Fridays we take part in a group zoom reading aloud with others. So you can see we are putting in a lot of effort and time.
I can remember a little bit from school when I was 7 years old, just odd words and numbers, so no real help, but what is a help I can pronounce the words. I can remember a lot of French!!
One of our lecturers said I do have good pronunciation! Strangely Welsh is phonetical, so we've learnt the sounds, and its a help us say the words.

We watch bits of the Welsh TV and laugh together and agree it sounds like a foreign language, especially if they speak fast.
We have favourite words, mine is ... archfarchnad, which is supermarket and what about... ysgrifennu.. which is write.  So some odd looking words, but we are getting used to saying them. I doubt we'll be fluent at the end of the year, but we're giving it a good try. 
So I'll end with ..
Noswaith dda.
Have any of you learnt a language in later years?



Maggie said...

Well done! I would love to be able to speak another language, unfortunately my pronunciation is not very good when i've tried, lol

Poppypatchwork said...

British sign language, been going to classes with friends for many years, and in the last 3 years learning Makaton to help with our grandson. I always failed on pronunciation, I can read some words in Spanish and Welsh (hubby is welsh, does not speak Welsh), and I'm ok with basic French.

Eileen H said...

Well done on learning to speak Welsh. I found it incredibly difficult at school and I've lived in Wales since about the age of seven. My husband was born and bred in Wales but doesn't speak the language. I liked French lessons thugh, strange isn't it.

Joy said...

Good for you, I'm sure you will make great strides with it. xx

meandmysmallcorner said...

Well done both of you with your Welsh learning. I'm using Duolingo too with my daughter so we can brush up on our French.

Sandy said...

Wow, good for you. No, I've not learned a language in later years. I've always read that the part of the brain that learns language decreases in sized as you get older, that's why kids learn foreighn language so easily, or at least easier than we adults do. Plus, there's the whole hearing thing. I don't think I hear some of the special sounds of other languages now, hearing just isn't what it used to be. Best of luck with your efforts.

Bless said...

How nice that you are able to learn Welsh! I haven't tried leaning a new language in years! Maybe I should try! Give the old grey matter something to keep itself occupied!