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Re: Just used my first Welsh! And also, helo...

PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:03 am
by AmyJ
That's so cool that you'll be able to speak with you family in Welsh, and I love the idea of telling your dad first - such a cool gift :D

Re: Just used my first Welsh! And also, helo...

PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:54 am
by cwmgoch
Pomico wrote:I'm hoping to be able to pop in and see my grandparents. I'm not sure whether I've quite got the courage to try speaking Welsh with them yet.

As Aran said, they'll be delighted! Go for it, no matter how small at first. My family on my dad's side are first-language Welsh-speakers, and whenever I've tried in the past to use the odd word of Welsh with them, they've always been very excited and encouraging. Since starting with SSiW and being able to use whole sentences, they're even more delighted. (Actually, I don't think my auntie actually listens to what I'm saying - she's so busy saying 'Da iawn! Da iawn!' because I'm using Welsh that I don't think she's actually taking in the content. As proof of this, when staying with her recently, I reminded her that I don't eat meat, and in the morning was greeted with a full english breakfast!) So yes, go for it. It's an amazing feeling, and as we continue working through the course, our interactions with our families yn Gymraeg will grow from single sentences to full-blown conversations before we know it! :D

Re: Just used my first Welsh! And also, helo...

PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:10 am
by saethwr
Croeso i'r fforwm!! And that is SO COOL! Way to go!!

Re: Just used my first Welsh! And also, helo...

PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:37 am
by faithless78
Croeso i'r fforwm Claire!
And congratulations with your first Welsh encounter. A lovely story, and I bet your dad feels very proud of you!
Best of luck with the rest of the course and feel free to ask any of us anything if you need to.
:D

Re: Just used my first Welsh! And also, helo...

PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 5:14 pm
by Pomico
Diolch yn fawr everyone! :D
I was only with my grandparents for a couple of hours and there was so much to get through that my Welsh didn't get much of a chance, but the odd couple of words over dinner were certainly appreciated :D
Hopefully next time I'll be able to manage a whole conversation!

Re: Just used my first Welsh! And also, helo...

PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:36 pm
by essenbee
"Just a few words" is great - I am sure that conversations will follow. Be proud of yourself! :D

stu

Re: Just used my first Welsh! And also, helo...

PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:09 pm
by simonwalton
Well done! I always remember my first real "information exchange" (i.e., not a pleasantary) in Welsh where I asked where the learners' tour was starting from at the Eisteddfod. My face was aching from the smile. :)

Re: Just used my first Welsh! And also, helo...

PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:24 am
by bontddu
Excellent little story and how lucky you are to have a close family member you can speak with in Welsh! Welcome and good luck!

Re: Just used my first Welsh! And also, helo...

PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:43 pm
by Janjo
Da Iawn! So exciting,isn't it!
I wondered if your dad (and you if you're in the area) knew about our Cylch Siarad Milton Keynes! We are a group of Welsh Learners who meet on the last Thursday of every month for an informal chat and a drink in Ye Olde Swan in Woughton-on-the-Green, Milton Keynes. A few of us a learning with SSiW (including myself); others are fairly fluent, but only too happy to help and support the beginners. Mae fe'n hwyl! If you (or your dad) want to know more, feel free to contact me. Pob lwc gyda dy dysgu! Jan.

Re: Just used my first Welsh! And also, helo...

PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:35 am
by Pomico
Diolch again everyone :D

Janjo wrote:I wondered if your dad (and you if you're in the area) knew about our Cylch Siarad Milton Keynes


I don't know about it, as far as I know my Dad doesn't either. I'll mention it to him, I'd be interested in coming along if ever my visits coincide with the meet-ups anyway :)