Two years after my previous trip to Wales, I am heading over in August and would love to connect with SSiW folk at the Eisteddfod–I’ll be there the last two days. Anyone want to meet at Maes D or elsewhere, let me know.
Also I’ll be in Swansea from 11 August to 22 August if anyone’s in the area and would like to have tea or walk around the city. Taking day trips to Pontarddulais, Bridgend, Carmarthen, and elsewhere.
I’ve been studying Cymraeg for so long but not got much live practice, so I’m looking forward to it!
Brilliant, Ali! I will be in touch in August. My great-grandmother visited relatives in Pontardulais in 1892 and kept a diary. She briefly describes a trip to Llanelli and the docks, so I’d love to get a look at the town.
Thanks, Aran. I did get on Slack a couple months ago, but my two efforts there were not very satisfying. I have never had much success with speaking Welsh on phone or Skype. But maybe I’ll try again. I did manage to have two really fun conversations on my last trip to Wales, after only five months of study.
All very different to how it would have been when your gran was here. All very different to how it was when I was a child. We used to go swimming in the docks. They don’t exist now I’m afraid but the area is still ‘water based.’
I would love to show you. I’ll try to find some pictures for you.
I found it difficult to hear clearly, which doesn’t matter much in English, but in a less familiar language, it’s troublesome. And, well, the nervousness about not speaking fluently, which makes me want to run away. But somehow in person, I feel that less, maybe because I feel more connected. At Maes D two years ago, I spoke to someone for maybe 10-15 minutes, and it was great fun. I suppose I should give Slack another go.
That would be great. The hangout sessions are probably the least scary as there are always a good few people on each one. Also, very friendly and no problem with making mistakes or stopping half way through a sentence to say “Is that right?” or similar in English.
Thank you, Aran and John, for the encouragement. With my trip coming up, that will give me incentive to try again with Slack. And Neil, thanks for the Swansea tips. I will definitely try to get to Siop Ty Tawe and maybe Menter Iaith as well. Will be in touch in August. Traveling is so much better when I have lots of connections!
No need to worry too much about Violet, pawb. I’ve just chatted to her for half an hour, and when we weren’t laughing , she was telling me some quite complicated things about her Welsh roots! Have a lovely holiday, Violet, and I’m sorry you won’t be coming further north on this trip.
Bronwen rocks! What a lovely and generous person! And I just remembered, I did speak Welsh a good bit last summer at the Cymdeithas Madog course in upstate New York. (Aran, remember your endorsement, which cost you a parking ticket?) Anyway, It was gratifying to finally have a successful conversation via digital media after all. Thanks to this community for all the encouragement.