I recently moved to Wales and decided it was such a good opportunity to learn Welsh as a second language. The continuous exposure to the language and the opportunity to use the language in everyday environments - not every everyday environment but there are plenty of opportunities - was too good to pass up.
I started lessons in September 2014 and it is now February 2015 and I've hit that point again, this time I need to somehow understand how I get past it.
I'm not going to write this block as a "how to learn Welsh" website, this is more about my trials and tribulations in the process, what I have been able to achieve and, just as importantly, where I have struggled and how I overcome those struggles.
As part of the course we have audio files that I can play at home and in the car. They are useful, especially for pronunciation and remembering, but they are short and so after a little while you learn them without remembering what the phrases mean and your mind starts to wander as they stop taxing your mind.
What I needed was a supplement for these audio files.
As I researched the options I came across Flash Cards (see the wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flashcard) and a list of software (see the wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_flashcard_software). I plumped for Anki and set myself the task of creating a deck of cards. So far it is useful, it has certainly highlighted what I didn't remember and still does, it also passes by the stuff I do remember and concentrates on what I don't.
This option is going to fix the situation overnight but I do see it working over a period of time. To help others I've added a page to this blog (http://www.newwelshlearner.blogspot.co.uk/p/anki-flash-cards.html) to help others, check it out.