My name is Fiona and I'm of Welsh and Irish descent (among some others all in the same general vicinity).
My dad's adopted parents are second-generation Irish-American and my mother's mother's family is from Wales and England, so keeping Celtic traditions has always been strong in my family.
I'm from North Carolina, on the US East Coast, and am currently living in Washington State.
Besides English, I speak Mandarin Chinese, though I haven't practiced in a while.
I started Irish within the past month and found this site through all my searches for online material. I've been listening to Raidió na Gaeltachta for immersion help and am teaching my two daughters (Moira and Elizabeth) Irish, both for their knowledge and to help me practice.
We make sentences for everything that we can. Sort of "Eng-rish", lol.. half Irish, half English sentences if we don't have the vocabulary, so to reinforce the grammar, if nothing else.
I've sifted through some of the forums, here, and already know that this site (being representative of its members) is going to be such a great help in my studies. I do hope I don't harang ya'll too often!
My sister and I are planning a trip to Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, next year and my plan is to be comfortable enough to understand spoken Irish. Next on my list is Welsh, but... we'll see.. that one looks a doozy, lol!
Thank you all and best to you!