The question of how can adults learn Welsh or indeed another other language has been asked many times. When I see friends teaching their kids to speak Welsh and in some cases two languages, it just works. If I think about the difference between an adult learner and I definiately put myself in that group, to the child. The problem as one lovely Welsh tutor said, is that I can already speak English and I am constantly translating and trying to remember lots of new words, new structures of sentences and even a newish alphabet.
A child seems to know no different and just laps up the words so that it has a meaning of doing something from the very start. Comes to something when a child in Meithrin / nursery has more advanced language skills in Welsh than I do. If there is a way to develop that natural context then maybe it would making learning Welsh a whole lot easier.
If I had a pound for everytime someone said, you need to speak in Welsh I would be very rich. The problem is I just can’t as I don’t have the words and saying thank you and counting to 10 is a bit limiting.
There is a great deal of research about the value of being bi lingual and how it helps the neural processes to develop. The benefits of expanding the ability of the brain the process information cannot be underestimated. It is suggested that we only really use a tiny percentage of the capacity of our brains. So all I need to do is to make mine work a little bit more. If only I was three again and as that is not going to happen I need to find another way.