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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
Language learning progress
One little triumph this week was that I made a phone call in Welsh. It was only to the Welsh For Adult course organisers to find out what the fee was for entering an exam, but I did it. Now I just hope I heard it right and have sent the right amount of money! I also wrote a Welsh Tumblr post and did my homework for the course.
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sophielandon From: sophielandon Date: February 26th, 2016 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
This may have been the actual test. Send the right amount of money, you pass!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 28th, 2016 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
If only it were that easy! There's quite a lot to the assessment, considering that it's only a GCSE.
feodora From: feodora Date: February 26th, 2016 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)


I try to learn greek, as a friend of mine is married to a greek and lives on Thasos. We visit them at least once a year. Mostly we have an appartment in the last years and serve ourselfes. So I got to the butcher and bakery and although many of them speak english (some even german) I try some greek and I think they appreciate it.
Once I went to the post office to by some stamps. I said my sentence I prepared. The young lady behind the counter smiled and repeated my sentence with the correct plural for stamps I repeated it again and she gave me what I asked for.
Also Welsh is, as I think, a hard language to learn, it helps that you have the opportunity to hear and speak it more easily than I do with greek
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 28th, 2016 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Congratulations

It's not just that Welsh is a difficult language, it's the fact that everyone speaks perfect English that makes it hard to practice speaking.
feodora From: feodora Date: February 28th, 2016 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes that is a problem on Thasos too. Most of them speak english and often even german. As many families have been in germany as guestworker (Gastarbeiter) in the 70 to 80 th and returned to greece. The husband of my friend was even born in germany and was to school in the first primary years
peadarog From: peadarog Date: February 27th, 2016 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well done! Da'i iawn!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 28th, 2016 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Now I'll really have to get down to practising if I want to pass!
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