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Our next meeting will be on Saturday 9th March, 1 - 4 pm at Alison’s house in Havant. As usual, it’s bring a dish to share and of course anyone new or visiting the area is warmly welcome to come along. Contact Mark for details.
Unless otherwise arranged, CACEN meets on the second Saturday of every month, 1 - 4 pm.
Diolch, Dee, for all your help with promoting CACEN!
Geoffrey a Rhiannon
Diolch! I’ve updated the newsletter now, so that will go out this morning. We’ve had lots of new people starting to learn with SSiW since the beginning of the year, so I hope a few of them will be in your corner of the world
Cacen meetup Saturday 13 April Brighton 1:00 to 4:00
It’s been a manic month again. Firstly many congratulations, as I am sure there are on other forum threads, to Aran for his evangelical leadership with Jeremy Vine. Inspirational, Aran.
And if that wasn’t enough to make us proud to be Welsh, there was Saturday. As well as that, there’s Cacen
The next exciting meetup will be in Brighton (please PM me for location)
For those who don’t know, we meet at 1:00 and share lunch (bring a plate (with food on it ) to share). The objective is hwyl not hard work, so don;t be worried if your Welsh learning is still at the start of that upward curve, there is as much Saes as Cymraeg but that doesn’t matter.
The format is that after we have eaten, we share news for the month and then having thought about it beforehand, say as much as able/want about the theme for the day. This time it’s ‘If I move to Wales, where would I choose, and why?’ Those who recently moved or are already there and make it to Cacen meetups - tell us why you are where you are.
You can all lie as much as you want. the point is not accuracy or even truth, it’s about articulation. So ideally, don’t write and google translate for reading it out. Better to have some prompter cards for unfamiliar words and make it up as you go. No reason why rehearsal wouldn’t work - just a thought.
We meet up every second Saturday of the month. to make it fairer for travel, we rotate between each others’ homes in Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and Surrey so the catchment area is pretty big
Anyway, newcomers and old lags welcome. Please let me know if you’d like to come. You will be very welcome.
How do I join CACEN? Byw yn Brighton, arfer siarad Gymraeg yn rhygl, eisiau ymarfer…
I was brought up bi-lingual but it’s been many, many years. I can’t bear the look of pity on my family’s faces when I join in in Welsh, would love to practice some conversation,
@markwatkinprice should see this and get in contact with you, but just in case, I’m tagging him
Keep your diaries free for Saturday 8 June from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. (Second Saturday of the month as usual)
The locality this time is Chichester. As always, please bring a plate of food for a shared lunch. And as always, the emphasis is on hwyl. Cymru translates loosely as the Land of Companions and that’s exactly the atmosphere we are lucky enough to have.
If you’d like to join us, you will be very welcome, regardless of where you may be on the continuum of learning. We are made up of complete starters through to Mam-Iaiths and all points in between, so wherever you are on your journey, you will fit in perfectly.
The pattern is lunch, talk, sit down, news, and then talk as much as can/want around a theme. Preferably off the cuff (having prepared if you want) rather than reading a Google Translate. The point is to articulate how and what you know, not read blind text. And that’s where the fun is. We have found confidence levels rise dramatically just by giving it a go, and if need be interspersed with English to keep your flow no worries.
The theme this time is ‘If I wrote a song and poured my heart out, what would it be about?’ Doesn’t have to be based on truth, or be cathartic, just fun.
Looking forward to meeting you. If you would like to come, please Private Message me and I’ll give you the address. (it’s not a secret, it’s just wiser not to publish addresses on forums) (fora?)
Looks like we will welcome Miriam and Marco at our next meetup. Any more for any more?
For your diaries - Saturday 13 July at a location somewhere around Havant but yet to be confirmed.
The agenda is as always to focus on Welshness, friendship and language but most of all hwyl
Bring a plate for a shared lunch. For the location, please PM me for the address.
We will, just lik circle time at school, tell our news for the month and then look at a theme where we can say as little or as much as we like on the subject without reading from a Google translation - the idea is to articulate what we can actually say from what we actually know. Practice beforehand if need be, but otherwise go with the flow. And nothing is compulsory.
The theme this time - and blame Mike - is: How I would Save the World.
And don;t forget to look at the Parti Penblwydd forum thread especially if you were there. What a weekend!
Hwyl am y tro
Another Welsh Weekend coming up in Y Fenni, 28-30 June.
Let me know if you want more information.
See you there!