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First attempts at "Welsh in the Wild"!

Postby emilyastoria9 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:21 am

Since I've been home in Wales for the holiday, I've been speaking so much Welsh! I had great fun surprising my family with my skills, and after several days at home, immersed in Cymraeg, I felt confident enough to venture into the wild. When I went to the grocery, I heard the clerk speaking Welsh to another customer, so when he asked me "Can I help you?" in English, I replied in Welsh (and please bear with me... I write this in English because my spelling is still atrocious), "I want to buy milk and cheese, please. I have the milk, but I did not see cheese." He understood me! He apologised- "Sorry..." and rattled off a few phrases I didn't understand, but he led me to the cheese. I suppose my speaking was sufficiently convincing, because when I went to pay, he told me the price of the items IN WELSH. I was shocked, but fortunately, I had a check card. I recovered myself enough to hand it to him, and even managed a "Diolch yn fawr iawn!" before I left! 

A few days later, I went back to the same grocery. As I made my way to the front to pay, I heard a rapid, angry-sounding stream of Welsh- THE SAME CLERK I'd seen the last time was engaged in a heated telephone discussion. He motioned me forward anyway, and remained on the line as he totalled the price, but suddenly, without warning, he laid the telephone aside and began complaining- in Welsh- right to me! He must have remembered me, and assumed I spoke Welsh. I understood a few things, like, " I am not happy", "I don't understand", and a number of "dims" but had no idea as to WHAT, precisely, the issue was! :wow: Falling back on a Lesson 6 strategy, I shook my head sympathetically and used the phrase that has saved me SO many times- "That's how it is, isn't it?" My response must have been reasonably appropriate, because he just nodded knowingly. Rolling his eyes at the telephone, he turned back to his conversation, pausing only to call "Diolch yn fawr!" as I left. 

I'm still amazed that he hasn't realised that I'm still just learning! I'm curious to see if he'll catch on by the end of the holiday... Either way, it's been a lot of fun, and I've been amazed at how well the lessons have helped me to hold my own in conversation!  :D
***Please feel free to correct my Welsh (or English... or any other language I should write here)! I can use all the help I can get. :-)

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Re: First attempts at "Welsh in the Wild"!

Postby TygerC » Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:26 am

emilyastoria9 wrote:I shook my head sympathetically and used the phrase that has saved me SO many times- "That's how it is, isn't it?"


Lol! Thanks for sharing. :lol:
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Re: First attempts at "Welsh in the Wild"!

Postby Cer » Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:29 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:
:dafad: Please feel free to correct me. Thanks! :dafad:

:shock: = "Oh, is that how it's spelled!"

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Re: First attempts at "Welsh in the Wild"!

Postby danhiggins1002 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:02 am

:lol: That's fantastic!!
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Re: First attempts at "Welsh in the Wild"!

Postby sumsmeister » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:22 am

Da iawn ti - well done you! Only a matter of time before you're chatting away with the best of them. Nice when a plan comes together :D
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Re: First attempts at "Welsh in the Wild"!

Postby Dee » Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:31 am

That's brilliant! I couldn't help laughing as I read it. What a great experience! :star:
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Re: First attempts at "Welsh in the Wild"!

Postby vgh50 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:06 am

Oh Emily, I'm still laughing as I type this...what a gem! :lol:

Does nothing phase you? Brilliant, I love your confidence :clap:

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Re: First attempts at "Welsh in the Wild"!

Postby Aran » Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:55 am

Absolutely brilliant, Emily - llongyfarchiadau mawr!...:D

I think that's the first time I've heard of such a successful use of 'felly mae, ynde?!'...:star:

But what a huge, huge success. You are now a Welsh speaker, and from here on it's all about moving the sliding point to becoming more and more of a Welsh speaker...:)
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Re: First attempts at "Welsh in the Wild"!

Postby jstetson » Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:33 pm

Oh, that's just terrific! What a great experience to end the old/start the new year. :llongyf:
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Re: First attempts at "Welsh in the Wild"!

Postby Sionned » Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:37 pm

That is absolutely wonderful! Llongyfarchiadau i ti!!!
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