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Welsh where you’d expect it the very least!

PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:44 pm
by Cwlen
Helo!

Sometimes life writes stories one would not believe if they hadn’t just happened to you. Last week, I had an appointment at the youth welfare office in my old hometown. I lost my job about a year ago, and because I’m handicapped it’s not so easy finding a new one quickly. The office pays a caretaker for me, so we have to show up there once every one or two years and tell how it goes.

The last time I saw the person responsible for me was about two years ago, when I didn’t learn Welsh yet. Anyway, besides the “official” part we also talked about various other things of course, and at one point she asked what I do in my leisure time and such. “Different things I said. “Play computer games, play the keyboard, take photos, learn Welsh with an online co…” She then interrupted me: “Dach chi’n dysgu Cymraeg? Da iawn, croeso!” I almost fell off my chair. Angredadwy.

It then turned out that she spends a few weeks each year with some relatives in either Caernarfon, Aberystwyth or St. Davids. She herself does not speak very much of Welsh (and, sorry, with a huge English accent), but has regular contact there and had already given up hope to find someone who knows at least a little bit more about Wales and likes it here.

Maybe we'll set up some contact now :)

Greetings,

Mike

Re: Welsh where you’d expect it the very least!

PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:52 pm
by Tahl
Cwlen wrote: She then interrupted me: “Dach chi’n dysgu Cymraeg? Da iawn, croeso!” I almost fell off my chair. Angredadwy.

It then turned out that she spends a few weeks each year with some relatives in either Caernarfon, Aberystwyth or St. Davids. She herself does not speak very much of Welsh (and, sorry, with a huge English accent), but has regular contact there and had already given up hope to find someone who knows at least a little bit more about Wales and likes it here.

Maybe we'll set up some contact now :)

Greetings,

Mike

In Cologne? That's amazing! :lol: Angredadwy, indeed. I bet she was as shocked and thrilled as you were to find another Welsh speaker -- maybe even more thrilled, if she hadn't heard of SSiW before. Da iawn, y ddau ohonoch chi. :D

Re: Welsh where you’d expect it the very least!

PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 5:04 pm
by Cwlen
Well yes.. in England that would not so much of a sensation probably.

Tahl wrote:maybe even more thrilled, if she hadn't heard of SSiW before.


Wyt ti'n gofyn i mi roe cysylltiad i hi? ;)

Re: Welsh where you’d expect it the very least!

PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:51 pm
by Aran
I love stories like this...:star:

Re: Welsh where you’d expect it the very least!

PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 9:32 pm
by Tahl
Cwlen wrote:
Tahl wrote:maybe even more thrilled, if she hadn't heard of SSiW before.


Wyt ti'n gofyn i mi roe cysylltiad i hi? ;)

Not asking, but suggesting, that you tell her about SSiW, sure. If she has the English skills to be able to use SSiW, she might really enjoy it. :D

Re: Welsh where you’d expect it the very least!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:38 pm
by samweekes
Working as a paramedic at Bournemouth ambulance station in southern England recently I jokingly said 'nos da' to a crewmate, as is my habit, indeed I've taught lots of friends Welsh phrases such as 'nos da' and 'hyfryd'. Anyway, a new student paramedic came up to me and asked 'ti'n siarad Cymraeg?' Of course I said 'ydw' and off we went in conversation. His name is Gareth and he's from Lllanelli and a fluent first language speaker. We really are everywhere! :star:

Re: Welsh where you’d expect it the very least!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:17 pm
by Tahl
samweekes wrote:Anyway, a new student paramedic came up to me and asked 'ti'n siarad Cymraeg?' Of course I said 'ydw' and off we went in conversation. His name is Gareth and he's from Lllanelli and a fluent first language speaker. We really are everywhere! :star:

Hyfryd! I bet he was happy to report the same incident back to his family. :D

Re: Welsh where you’d expect it the very least!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:53 pm
by JonSais
Here in Belper I often exchange a few words in Welsh with a member of staff at the chemists section in Morrision where a young woman (Mari) from Angelsey works regularly.

samweekes wrote:Working as a paramedic at Bournemouth ambulance station in southern England recently I jokingly said 'nos da' to a crewmate, as is my habit, indeed I've taught lots of friends Welsh phrases such as 'nos da' and 'hyfryd'. Anyway, a new student paramedic came up to me and asked 'ti'n siarad Cymraeg?' Of course I said 'ydw' and off we went in conversation. His name is Gareth and he's from Lllanelli and a fluent first language speaker. We really are everywhere! :star:

Re: Welsh where you’d expect it the very least!

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:43 am
by Aran
samweekes wrote:Anyway, a new student paramedic came up to me and asked 'ti'n siarad Cymraeg?' Of course I said 'ydw' and off we went in conversation.


Hollol wych...:D

Re: Welsh where you’d expect it the very least!

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:00 am
by Spenny
I now have a rule that if ever I pick up that someone is from Wales, I'll ask. Two hits this Christmas, Christmas drinks party last week, new boyfriend of friend's daughter, who we had a long conversation (in English sadly) about Welsh - he was a classic written Welsh up to A Level, lived in a Welsh speaking community with Welsh friends yet didn't speak Welsh. Pointed him here.

Couple of days ago, out on a bike ride and went back to someone's house. Their son came in with a mate, turned out he was a first language Welsh speaker. He was most impressed with my pronunciation, if not the cheese and dogs.

Anyone who lives in Wales seems to recognise "'yw ti'n medru siarad Cymraeg?" so it makes a nice little ice breaker.

New Year's Resolution, spend time every night learning Welsh, (erm, starting from...)