Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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Dreaming in Welsh

I haven't posted here for a while because the darkest part of winter happened, along with the snow and the cold and me stupidly taking on too much work. Anyway, it's not spring yet, but it's getting a bit lighter both in the morning and evening, the course with two groups had ended and I just have one OU group now, I handed in my final assignment for the BA Education course, so now my brain has woken up again I need to get on with my dissertation.

I have been working away quietly in the background at the Welsh. I've been attending the class each week and we are putting the finishing touches to our second play. (I'm not sure where we will be performing it yet, assuming we do get to do it live, but I have bought a pink wig!) I have also been doing the spaced repetition using flashcards for half to one hour each day.

This is the first time I've ever worked so steadily and continuously on the Welsh and it seems to be working. I'm not there yet, but there is definitely something going on in my brain and I think it's finally seeing and absorbing the patterns of the language and taking it to a deeper level. Knowing the rules of grammar intellectually is fine if you want to write in a language and have plenty of time to work things out and look things up if necessary, but it's no good if you want to actually speak to people; you just can't do it fast enough.

And I don't think it's my imagination that something is finally clicking because the other day I had my first proper dream in Welsh. I know the dream really was in Welsh because at the time I kept thinking that I mustn't let the people I was speaking to switch to English and at one point I couldn't remember the phrase I wanted so actually used the English words, then remembered the Welsh and repeated the sentence properly. (The phrase was "in case"/"rhag ofn"). It was only a fragment and the dream shifted, as they do, and slipped back into English, but I woke up thinking, "Oooo, er! Something's changing at last!"

(Crossposted to LJ and Dreamwidth. If you want to comment, please feel free to do so at whichever site you find most convenient.)

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