I think I might have mentioned that this month I’ve been learning Welsh. I didn’t have any particular reason for this, except that we were doing a work challenge to learn a new language in January, and Welsh seemed like it would be fun.
It didn’t take long to realise I might have bitten off more than I could chew; I’ve never tried to speak a language with hardly any vowels before. But not being one to back down from a challenge, I kept going and soon started to enjoy myself. (The word for ‘please’ – ‘os gwelwch yn dda’ – is particularly addictive once you get the hang of it.) And, much like with German last year, one of the phrases that particularly sticks in my head is one I hope never to have to use:
Then my colleague Nat suggested we attempt Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. In Welsh. On camera. And in a moment of madness, I agreed – even though when we did the translation, we realised the Welsh version had too many syllables.
So here it is, and I’m not going to lie; I’m feeling pretty proud. Not just because it’s in Welsh, but because I don’t usually sing in front of people, let alone on camera. And sure, we had to do a few takes (mostly because I kept getting the giggles; poor Nat had to be very patient with me), but we got there in the end.
My February challenge is going to be to get better at dealing with mornings. I haven’t quite figured out how I quantify this yet, though – I’ll let you know when I work it out…
Did anyone else take on a new year challenge? How did it go?