Is Welsh a difficult language? No, but it’s a very different language to English. Most English speakers who try to master a second language usually pick or are taught one which has something in common with their own, such as German, or French. Welsh has grown on a completely different branch of the language family tree, closely related to Cornish, Breton, Irish, and Scottish Gaelic.
The different consonants and mutations in the Welsh language can seem completely alien to the English ear. This has given rise to the idea that it is an unreasonably difficult language to master – which is also a convenient excuse for those who can’t be bothered doing so!
Welsh is as easy and as difficult to learn as any other language. And as with any other language, the best way to go about it is just to throw yourself in the deep end. Even if you can’t physically be amongst Welsh speakers, popular websites such as Say Something in Welsh allow you to be talk to other learners and fluent speakers every day.
Don’t worry too much if you make mistakes, either. Not everyone English speaker speaks the Queen’s English, but everyone speaks the language to the best of his or her ability and is generally understood. In the same way, not getting your mutations right or not being able to pronounce ‘Ll’ isn’t going to lead to a huge misunderstanding amongst other Welsh speakers. The important thing is that you can communicate confidently, and the rest will flow from there. And don’t let Welsh speakers try to switch to English – they’re just trying to be polite, but they’re not helping.