Special content for intermediate and advanced learners
After focusing on absolute beginners for 10 years, at SaySomethinginWelsh we’ve now turned our eyes to giving our intermediate learners - and intermediate learners who aren’t learning with SSiW - a bit of extra rocket fuel.
We’ve started publishing what we think is the fastest single way to go from intermediate to seriously advanced.
Building vocab in bulk
Once you have the core of the language, and you can take part in a conversation (even a fairly limited one), you need to get used to understanding the language at normal speed, and you need to become familiar with more and more words.
Most intermediate learners get told to listen to radio and watch S4C.
This isn’t bad advice - it WILL get you there eventually - but it’s a VERY painful and slow process, because you’re trying to get used to faster speeds AND lots of new words at the same time.
It’s all much faster and easier if what you’re listening to is comprehensible - you’ll hear ‘comprehensible input’ mentioned a lot in language learning theories. The difference it makes is enormous.
A new approach
So this is what we’ve put together for you.
There are around forty 30 minute interviews with people from all walks of Welsh life - with a transcript and a translation for each interview.
There are also fiction pieces written especially for us which have a transcript and vocab, as well as shorter diary-style guest pieces by Bethan Gwanas, Daniel Glyn and Luke Davies which also have a transcript and vocab.
We recommend you listen once, then read the transcript, then listen again, then read the translation or vocab, and then listen one last time.
We’re confident this will transform the speed at which you become an entirely natural and confident Welsh speaker.
You can get access now for £10 a month - that’s £2.50 for each of these nuggests of accelerated learning gold - and we’re going to be spending your subscription on providing more and more intermediate-learner-friendly content - short stories, songs, maybe even short films - ALL of which will have something to listen to, a transcript and a translation or vocab.
Here’s what our existing subscribers already think of it:
Sign up now, and see how much it helps you (and you can cancel at any time, easily).Sign up now
And one added bonus - unlike radio or TV, you’ll be able to chat about any parts of a conversation that you didn’t quite get with Beca herself (who does the interviews) on the SSiW forum - imagine having access to a radio or TV presenter so you could say ‘I didn’t quite follow that - what were you trying to say?’...:-)