January challenge: learn Welsh

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:

My wallet has been stolen in Welsh

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?



2 thoughts on “January challenge: learn Welsh

  1. I love this so much! You’re brilliant.

    My only advice for mornings is to try make them bearable in some way – take 15 minutes to have a quiet cup of tea at home or stop off at a coffee shop. I was really keen to get a new job about 4 years ago and it wasn’t happening so mornings became about making it though the day and being kind to myself!

    1. Aw thank you! I’m very lucky to have awesome colleagues who are happy to join in the madness 😉 I managed to get up early this morning and even made time for a five-minute meditation before catching an early train and giving the boss a shock by turning up at work at 8.30 😉 Not sure how long I’ll keep it up but one day is better than nothing… I definitely agree having a reason to get up is a good idea. If only free brownies were on offer every day.

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