Croeso cynnes, Ricky! (A warm welcome.) I'm just one state north of you in Missouri. Whereabouts in Arkansas are you? I'd love to put a marker for you on our map
. You might just be surprised how many Welsh speakers you'll find out there ...
For Welsh Music there are a few good threads on here. Try looking at Weekly Welsh Music Videos
in the General Chat area, or Welsh Songs on Soundcloud
for some suggestions.
The choice of North or South is a really personal one - mostly because you feel some attraction to that part of Wales or something similar. The media as a whole use a wide variety of languages, just depending on what part of the country the speaker/singer/writier comes from. The difference is fairly small, and by the time you get through a course or two here, you'll be able to understand both without too much trouble. Personally, I chose North because the ancestry I traced came from there in 1683. And I like Aran & Catrin's voices. Please
don't let people put you off learning this lovely language by saying it is so hard! The SSiW way of learning the "dreaded" mutations, the pronunciation, and so forth, is really painless and suddenly you know how to say something because it just "sounds right." And yes, if you stick with the course, you will find you understand most Welsh fairly well - at least as well as people from other parts of the country understand each other!