Monday October the 15th is Shwmae, Su’mae day, an international day of speaking Welsh. Everybody is encouraged to start their conversations with a cheery Shwmae, which raises the profile of the language. A great idea.
This year, for the first time, SaySomethinginWelsh is sponsoring the day, and I thought it would be a great idea to do something special to celebrate all the amazing stuff that you SSiWers are doing, and all the extraordinary work that you put in to learning our (our = yours and mine) language.
Did I say special? I meant stupid!
I am currently working on a plan to do a 24 hour Shwmaeathon. I am going to run a 24 hour hangout (well, 4 x 6 hour hangouts actually) and encourage Welsh speakers from around the world to come online and say Shwmae. I hope that most of you by now know that when I say Welsh speakers, I mean anyone who speaks Welsh, whether that’s a 50,000 word vocabulary, or a few halting sentences. In other words, you!
I’m going to run it through our Welsh Speaking Practice board on Slack, because, well, it’s Welsh speaking practice isn’t it?! So hopefully, it will encourage a whole load more new and long-term speakers onto the channel, and I’m looking for ideas that will help me make it work. I’m also going to use the opportunity to collect sponsorchip money for our local Welsh-speaking community leisure centre
What I would really like before the 24 hours begins is to know that I’ve got people all around the world, and all around the clock willing to speak to me as I slowly break down under the influence of sleep deprivation and RedBull! I’m thinking of running it from 03:00 on the 15th, which will be 14:00 on the 15th in New Zealand, then run around until 03:00 on the 16th, which will be 19:00 in Vancouver, 16:00 in Honolulu. (I think - pleasee let me know if I’m wrong!)
So, please let me know below if and when you would like to take part in a hangout. If it’s quiet, we can have a conversation. At peak times, or if you’d prefer, then conversation could consist of literally “Shw mae, Pwy wyt ti?” > “Shw mae? Bob dwi o Dimbyctŵ” > “Shw mae, Bob? Braf cwrdd â ti” > “Diolch” and away you go. So it’s available to anyone at all - Even if you learn your lines parrott fashion, I’ll try to stick with those two opening sentences for everyone, so you knwo what I’c going to ask and you know what your answer is. Then we’ll take it from there for people who want to speak more.
Now, I’ve only spoken about it here, so I can still back out, especially if you all think it’s a rubbish idea… fingers crossed…