Welsh tree finished - with all skills gold!
I've just spent a marathon day on Duolingo (over 1000 XP today!) and have now finished my Welsh tree with all the skills gold! Such a relief, but still plenty of work to do.
I started the Welsh course as soon as it was released, and have been working with a target of 30 XP per day, with more as and when I get the opportunity. I'm currently on Level 14, so it gives anybody just starting an idea of what to expect.
Of course, being as I've finished off the last 18 (approx.) skills today, I'm now expecting lots of gold to have disappeared by tomorrow and it'll probably take me another month to turn all the skills back to gold, but that's where the dogged learning, remembering and sheer hard work will come in.
I'd like to thank the course compilers for doing a grand job. They have put together a good course with plain links to the standard Mynediad/Sylfaen/Canolradd course books that so many Welsh students use, and have introduced both Northern and Southern terms. I have to admit to being totally confused by some of the terms, but they have still been working hard to correct errors and omissions and make alternative translations acceptable as students have pointed them out.
Good luck to all fellow Welsh students, no matter where in the world you are, or what level you have achieved. Dal ati!
Wow. Because of you I've been motivated to marathon tomorrow! GREAT JOB MY FRIEND! :)
Just as an aside, I've managed to get everything gold again today - 760 XP this week to do it - so it is quite possible to keep it gold. Hopefully, I can get back to my 30-ish XP per day to keep it that way now . . . . we'll see! :-)
That's one reason why I dislike marathons in my own language learning - I did those in a few courses at one point when I was all gung-ho, but then I found (as you will) that if you do 15 skills on one day, all those 15 will de-gild at about the same time, necessitating yet another marathon in the future when I may not be quite so gung-ho.
Sloane's Teddy wins the race, as they say :)
Next step: listen to lots of Welsh radio and TV to get more listening practice, and if you live in Wales, try speaking it regularly as well!
At least the tree was all gold before I started yesterday's final push, so it shouldn't be too bad (I hope!). Sadly, I don't live in Wales so haven't had any "in the Wild" conversations in Welsh, nor have I been able to attend classes to get speaking practice, although I did manage a 5-day course in Wales last year - just wish it could have been for longer. Oh, and I'm not intending to be gung-ho or gloating - I'm just chuffed to have reached the milestone and wanted to share my joy and say thank you to the course writers (it seems an appropriate point to do so). I just look on it as being one step in my long journey to, I hope, eventual fluency (or near-fluency).
http://www.nantgwrtheyrn.org/cy It's a beautiful setting with its own private beach. The course was very good, too. Fortunately, we had lovely weather, but that can't be relied upon in Wales, so you'd need to take something waterproof. You stay in a converted quarryman's cottage (fully modernised), study in the Manager's House, and eat in the modern café, so there's a reasonable stroll several times a day. Lots of nature around, but a very steep uphill climb to the village, or downhill walk to the beach. (Not somewhere for anybody who struggles to walk, but good access if you're in a wheelchair.)
Thanks for posting this! I didn't know that it existed but very pleased to find out it's in Pwllheli; often pass through on the way to visit my girlfriend's family in Abersoch. Either that or fishing with my dad!