It’s not what you think! I read this book after seeing it on the Say Something In Welsh website/forum/newsletter. I borrowed it from Amazon Prime to feel less guilty about buying more books.
Synopsis from Amazon:
Aran Jones wrote the course for the popular online Welsh learning system SaySomethinginWelsh.com, and with his close friend Iestyn ap Dafydd he co-founded SaySomethingin.com Ltd.
Tens of thousands of Welsh learners have used SaySomethinginWelsh as part of their journey towards speaking Welsh.
This irreverent (and often downright impolite) book is the story of how Aran himself learnt Welsh.
It involves parties, bad jokes about sex, broken hearts, alcohol, tactical mistakes, moments of joy, tattoos and all the raw humiliation of embarrassing yourself in public – not just once, but over and over again. Some of the painful moments here will be immediately recognisable to all Welsh learners – others might strike them as unnecessary and self-inflicted.
If you’re looking for a calm and thoughtful analysis of different ways to learn Welsh, this is very much NOT the right book for you.
If, on the other hand, you want evidence that Aran has suffered as much as you have at the hands of the Welsh language, and possibly humiliated himself even more (drunken charades, anyone?) then you’re in exactly the right place.
I read the sample of this book and I couldn’t stop reading!
It’s such a funny story about learning a language, the pain and the pleasure. I was laughing out loud to myself. One anecdote that stands out is when Aran was at the Eisteddfod and wanted to buy a jacket potato, he had to ask in Welsh and he was so nervous about it in case the person said something that he hadn’t learnt in his course. Then it turned out they were speaking in English!
This books shows the author’s love for the Welsh language and the aching sadness of a people who have lost their language through the ruling of the English monarchy who outlawed the speaking of the Welsh language as a way of claiming control over Cymru/Wales. If you don’t understand this you will after reading this book.
I read a book once about learning Welsh that put me off! It told me all the horror stories about Welsh speakers not wanting to speak Welsh with learners. I’ve discovered since that this was not completely right!
This book is honest and motivating, a great read for those who want to learn or are thinking of learning. It’s so funny!
I’m looking forward to reading the follow on book once it’s done.
If your curious about Say Something In Welsh then take a look at the website here.
This book is available to buy here from Amazon, ebook or phyiscal copy.