DAY 1: I've always been very proud to be Welsh and I think that learning Welsh will make me feel even more Welsh and I never had access to Welsh education coming from an anglicised area. Welsh was something I never really came across until I was around 16 and thought it was too late by that point. I'm a lot older now and this opportunity has presented itself and I'm very keen to learn it!There was nothing at school! We didn't even have a Welsh department when I did GCSEs in 1992.I enjoyed French and German at school. I have very little knowledge – just 1-10 and the road signs. I know that Tenby is Dinbych y Pysgod but I can say Llanfair PG. I'm looking forward to thinking I can understand the language better and switch on S4C and Radio Cymru and not feel like I'm being left out.
I can say 'Dwi wedi mynd i Fachynlleth a dwi gwerthu mefus a bricyll a cheirios!' That's progress. Selling fruit in the market was quite rewarding. However, Nicola and I didn't stand a chance against Mr Brockway and Mr Baulch so we just ate all the cherries as they charmed the old ladies! However, it does mean we have to serve them breakfast in bed tomorrow.By this point, I feel like my brain has turned into mush – or into laver bread! That last lesson, Mr T was pushing us really hard and talking to a fluffy stuffed squirrel proved difficult. But because I'm an actress, I'm quite good at remembering words and what happens in the story. I'm exhausted, but I'm having so much fun I just want to give it my all until the final on Saturday.