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An encounter at work :)

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:24 pm
by memran
I'm a fairly shy person anyway, but speaking another language for the first time to somebody is quite daunting!

Anyway, there is a guy at work whom I know speaks Welsh, but I've not really had the courage to approach him and attempt to start a conversation. In fact, I've never spoken to him in English either. However, this morning it just happened that I held a door open for him, while he was carrying a box.

"Diolch.", he said.

Right! This was my opportunity!

(Excuse my Welsh spelling, I've never really written Welsh before, and I don't want to cheat by using google translate or something!)
"oh, nes i ddim yn gwbod ti'n siarad Cymraeg!", I lied, but it seemed like a good way to start things going. :oops:
He looked a little surprised, and replied in Welsh. I didn't fully understand his reply, but I picked out 'oes', 'Cymraeg' and 'cyntaf' (or was it 'gyntaf'?), so I guessed he said "yes, Welsh is my first language".
I was a little disappointed that he was not as surprised as I thought he would be, but no matter. :wink:
Since I couldn't think of anything else, I added "Dwi'n dysgu siarad Cymraeg."
"Language of the Gods!", he said, in English.

There wasn't really any more to say, so we went on with our day, but all-in-all, I'm really proud that there was some understanding, and I didn't make a total fool of myself! :cool:

All thanks to about the first 3/4 of the introductory course! :mrgreen:

Re: An encounter at work :)

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:44 pm
by Tahl
memran wrote:I'm a fairly shy person anyway, but speaking another language for the first time to somebody is quite daunting!

Anyway, there is a guy at work whom I know speaks Welsh, but I've not really had the courage to approach him and attempt to start a conversation. In fact, I've never spoken to him in English either. However, this morning it just happened that I held a door open for him, while he was carrying a box.

"Diolch.", he said.

Right! This was my opportunity!

(Excuse my Welsh spelling, I've never really written Welsh before, and I don't want to cheat by using google translate or something!)
"oh, nes i ddim yn gwbod ti'n siarad Cymraeg!", I lied, but it seemed like a good way to start things going. :oops:
He looked a little surprised, and replied in Welsh. I didn't fully understand his reply, but I picked out 'oes', 'Cymraeg' and 'cyntaf' (or was it 'gyntaf'?), so I guessed he said "yes, Welsh is my first language".
I was a little disappointed that he was not as surprised as I thought he would be, but no matter. :wink:
Since I couldn't think of anything else, I added "Dwi'n dysgu siarad Cymraeg."
"Language of the Gods!", he said, in English.

Gwych! Great! :D :D :D It takes guts to make that first venture, for sure. It sounds like what happened here is that your opening line was so persuasive that he didn't 'edit' himself in replying -- which is a massive compliment to you. Llongyfarchiadau (congratulations)! Hope you feel great. You just had a genuine conversation, in Welsh, in the course of your everyday life.

Re: An encounter at work :)

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:00 pm
by jstetson
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Re: An encounter at work :)

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:33 pm
by Aran
Fantastic - many congratulations, Rob...:star:

As Diane says, you've just done what is probably the single most difficult thing in learning Welsh - speaking it to someone outside of a classroom for the very first time. Brilliant!