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Re: Learning Welsh on the Holyhead to Dublin ferry

PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:42 am
by Tahl
Aran wrote:
Lostontheoggin wrote:I'm sure the sound of welsh has been attracting the Dolphins as we've seen a few on the last few mornings and a couple of Minke Whales.

Speak Welsh and see more dolphins - I rather like the idea of that as a marketing line...:wink:

One of my powerful memories of Bootcamp July 2010 was going out for a sealife-spotting trip in a little inflatable boat from Aberteifi (Cardigan). The guide said that the seals liked the sound of human singing and would likely swim closer to the boat if we sang to them. I'll never forget the boatful of us singing 'Oes Gafr Eto?' (aka Cyfri'r Geifr, the counting-goats song) as a dozen or so curious though possibly tone-deaf seals swam up to us with their heads poking out of the water.

Sadly, they did not applaud at the end. Everybody's a critic.

Re: Learning Welsh on the Holyhead to Dublin ferry

PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:47 am
by RobertBruce
Tahl wrote:Sadly, they did not applaud at the end.

Only Sea-lions do that. Seals will generally just nod in appreciation. :wink:

Re: Learning Welsh on the Holyhead to Dublin ferry

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:05 pm
by Lostontheoggin
My routine life runs around two things, ships and children, I spend almost all my time when I'm home in the company of a 2 year old and a 4 year old. So the odd moment of peace and quiet is not to be missed. Last Saturday morning I took the 4 year old to gym class at my local leisure centre, I drop her off in class then head to the cafe for a cup of tea and a bacon sandwich and half an hour of solitude, until one of the other dads appears after a swimming lesson and we spend half an hour talking welsh, usually about rugby. Last Saturday I was sat cup of tea in hand and I noticed something unusual in the cafe. About 90% of the customers were speaking welsh, I was able to sit there and listen to the welsh conversations going on around me, a most unexpected and welcome surprise. When my friend joined me even he was surprised at the number of welsh speakers, happily surprised. It turned out that the Urdd gym class was on at the same time as my daughters and all the mums and dads were doing the same as me. But it just goes to show you never really know how many welsh speakers there are around you, especially in a place like Cardiff.