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Learning Welsh
Learning Welsh by Helen in Wales
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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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khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: January 4th, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd like to buy a vowel, please...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 4th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! Though the Welsh do like producing words without (apparently) any vowels and occasionally, like "llyfrgell"[*], with only 2 in a 7 letter word, we do actually have two more vowels than in English: a, e, i, o, u, y, w are all vowels in Welsh.

[*] Note that "ll" is regarded a single letter.
plantmom From: plantmom Date: January 5th, 2014 08:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay, but how is "W" pronounced? I infer that "Y" is pronounced like "I". Or maybe I'm wrong.

Also, what is hooping?
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 5th, 2014 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)
"W" is pronounced "oo". So the word for valley "cwm" is pronounced "coom".

"Y" is the only letter that can be tricky in Welsh because it sometimes sounds like the "i" in "switch" or it can sound like the "u" in "but", depending on where it comes in the word. So Aberystwyth should be pronounced "Aber-uh-stwith", though you will also hear "Aber-iss-twith".
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