I am a newbie to the forum. Been lurking for a while but this is my first post!
I was wondering if there is anyone in my area that I could meet up with for a bit of conversation practice? I live in Canton, Cardiff?
My background is as follows: I learnt Welsh at an English medium school up to G.C.S.E level. I absolutely hated it - bunked off most of the lessons and basically decided I just wasn’t a ‘language person.’
When my son was born we decided that we would go down the Welsh language education route. He is due to start Meithrin in September. I discovered SSIW about 1.5 years ago and have been doing it very off and on. I have completed the old course 1 and I am halfway through the new Level 1. I also have a lovely private teacher who I meet with every other week for an hour.
If there is anyone out there who also wants to practice and lives close by let me know? I feel like I need some ‘immersion’ in the language and meeting up for conversation practice would really help!
I know that Clonc yn yr Cwtch meets at Chapter on Mondays but unfortunately I work every Monday eve.
Finally thanks to the creators of SSIW - turns out I am not so dreadful at languages, just learning them out of textbook wasn’t for me!
@amber.mottram Croeso, Amber! I can’t help you with local conversation practice, since I live in the US, but I just wanted to say welcome to the forum! I think it’s great that you want your son to have a Welsh language education. Best of luck to both of you with your Welsh journeys I’m sure someone will be along shortly with ideas for conversation practice help in Cardiff.
I was going to say that we have a monthly meet at Y Mochyn Du in Pontcanna on the first Monday evening of every month from 7:30 onwards- only you’ve mentioned already that Monday evenings are no good for you!
However, I work in Cardiff, so I would be happy to arrange a meet with you at a time which would suit us both, and if we post the meeting here, maybe more people could join us as well.
I am hoping to arrange a meet before September with one of our Australian learners before she flies back home. So as soon as we organise a date and time with @Karla we will post that here also.
Welcome to the forum. Like the person from the US I cant help with local practice as I live in Australia bit am happy to skype. I am usually up early am so the time diff isn’t realy a problem. How are you going speaking Welsh with you child? My son speaks a bit with me.
Yes, I have tried to speak with him and he is starting to speak it back too. I am sure after a while at Welsh school he will be teaching me - I wanted to have a little head start though That is sooo awesome you are speaking Welsh with your child all the way in the US! Thanks for getting in touch xx
Sometimes, [not for a while, sorry] I rush from work to The Cornwall pub in Grangetown (not too far from Canton) for a 6pm to 7pm [Wednesdays], after work chat session. Apparently Welsh is heard in there some other times as there is a little concentration of Welsh speakers in Grangetown. Also only £2.30 for a pint, in Cardiff!
Dw i’n arwain siop siarad yn Oriel Canfas Treganna bob dydd Gwener am 9.45. Yn ailddechrau 22 Medi. Cost £5 am ddwy awr.
You are welcome to join our siop siarad im Oriel Canfas Glamorgan Street on Fridays - restarting 22 Sept.
They are a friendly group of learners who have learned quite a bit but need practise to gain confidence speaking. We have fun - mainly speaking and reading from Lingo Newydd.Mostly through Welsh but some explanations such ss the odd bit of grammar through English. Pob hwyl Lynda
I won’t be able to come on Wednesday as I will be working (it’s my late week!). @Karla , I may be able to meet with you tomorrow if you’re free, and if anyone else is around, by all means come along too. Just let me know a venue and a time!
Otherwise, I hope you all have a great evening on Wednesday