January 4th, 2014

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Learning Welsh

Learning Welsh by Helen in Wales
Learning Welsh, a photo by Helen in Wales on Flickr.


Due to life getting in the way during the second half of 2013, my Welsh was getting very rusty. This year, now my OU study is complete, I want to make Welsh a priority.

I like the spaced repetition method of learning, but I memorise complete sentences not just words. I could use an app on my iPod Touch, but I just prefer using actual cards made out of cardboard. :)

I have also found a site that could have a lot of potential for keeping me motivated. I came across giveit100.com completely by chance, but I've signed up and I'm giving it a try.

The idea is that you upload a 10 second video each day to show how you're progressing. There are people learning all sort of things, like playing guitar, Irish whistle, learning to draw, learning ASL, doing yoga etc etc.

The site is very new and definitely in the early stages. At the moment you can only sign up if you have a Twitter or Facebook account, but I do think it's an interesting idea. It just remains to be seen whether making the videos starts to get onerous, but it's something I would like to get better at anyway. New this year is the ability to have more than one project going and once G is back in the college and I can have a bit of time alone each day, I'm going to add hooping too. :)

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Cadair Idris

Cadair Idris by Helen in Wales
Cadair Idris, a photo by Helen in Wales on Flickr.

1/52 for the 2014 Weekly Alphabet Challenge

This week's theme was: A is for Aftermath

It's not been pleasant, or even safe, to go out into the storms this week, and the nearby town of Barmouth has taken a battering with waves coming right over the harbour wall. But finally the wind and rain died down and I took a slight detour on the way to the Co-op and snapped this at Llanelltyd.

The "pond" is the aftermath of the flooding and shouldn't be there. Rather a feeble "aftermath", I admit, compared to a lot of what I've seen online, but it was the coast getting the brunt of the weather, not my town which is a few miles inland. The bottom of our garden didn't even flood and it does that regularly in the winter.