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Re: Conversation on a bus

Postby leiafee » Wed May 16, 2012 11:03 pm

That's lovely!
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Re: Conversation on a bus

Postby Catrin Lliar » Thu May 17, 2012 6:33 am

Love your story Dee! It's heartwarming, encouraging and inspiring. It must have been a great feeling to be able to converse with an older gentleman freely in his native language and to be complimented by him on your efforts! What's wonderful as well is that he probably went home and shared the story excitedly with his friends and family also! :)
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Re: Conversation on a bus

Postby dinas » Thu May 17, 2012 6:39 am

Aran, who's the girl in the above photo?
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Re: Conversation on a bus

Postby RedGreenInBlue » Thu May 17, 2012 7:57 am

Bendigedig, Dee! Thanks for sharing the story!

The great thing about public transport is the potential for random conversations with new people - combine that with SSiW and it becomes a truly mind-broadening experience… :D
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Re: Conversation on a bus

Postby dinas » Thu May 17, 2012 11:39 am

dinas wrote:Aran, who's the girl in the above photo?


I was waiting for, Aran, to post a witty comment...Has he hasn't, I'll just say your new hairstyle suits you. Not that the old one didn't of course!
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Re: Conversation on a bus

Postby gerryf » Thu May 17, 2012 11:50 am

Lovely story Dee,thanks for sharing it. :D
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Re: Conversation on a bus

Postby Gorwelgwynedd » Thu May 17, 2012 12:55 pm

Agree with everyone. What a great story, Dee!
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Re: Conversation on a bus

Postby Catrin Lliar » Thu May 17, 2012 1:33 pm

dinas wrote:
dinas wrote:Aran, who's the girl in the above photo?


I was waiting for, Aran, to post a witty comment...Has he hasn't, I'll just say your new hairstyle suits you. Not that the old one didn't of course!


It's taken quite a while for him to grow it out, but I think despite his reservations it suits him and isn't in the least bit feminine. :wink:
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Re: Conversation on a bus

Postby SJ » Thu May 17, 2012 5:53 pm

What a brilliant story Dee! You must have felt like flying home once you got off the bus. Its always great when someone tells you that you speak a lanuage like a native! :star:

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Re: Conversation on a bus

Postby bontddu » Sat May 19, 2012 3:27 am

Dee wrote:I had an old man sit next to me on the bus coming back from Newport today. I was fiddling around with my mp3 player trying to make it work as it's broken, and he asked what it was and if it played music. I explained that it could but that I listened to my Welsh lessons on it and he immediately switched into Welsh!
It turned out he was an old retired sheep farmer, but he lives in the Bridgend area now. He spoke real rural-sounding Welsh mixed with English, quite funny the way he dropped in and out of both languages, but we chatted about New Zealand and sheep shearing for a good 20 minutes, then he said "Diw diw, ti'n gafael ar yr iaith like a native". That really made me laugh "You have a grip on the language like a native". Who needs the Welsh Learner of the Year competition when you get a compliment like that from a real old traditional country Welshman? I felt like I'd won first prize :)


Good for you - that is why we're all learning Welsh right there on that bus!
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