Long Version: Hello fellow SSIWers*. You may remember me from the forum, the eisteddfod, or a bwtcamp or two. I hope the whole learning thing is going well.
I’ve been filming videos for the Youtube channel “Easy Languages”. The first finished episode of “Easy Welsh” is now up here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3bUF4CWX50
Their channel started when some students went onto the streets of Germany and chatted to people, filmed it and subtitled it in both German and English for learners. It proved to be a big hit and there are now volunteers worldwide making Easy French, Easy Arabic, Easy Korean… and many more.
I watched “Easy German” for months, it helped my German so much to get a look at how real Germans spoke and interacted in the real world, and be able to understand it with a transcript. It was also great to see a real slice of Germany, and German culture, before going out to live and work there.
When I moved back to Wales and started learning Welsh, through SSIW and classes, the idea of a Welsh version naturally popped into my head, as I met lots of learners, many of whom don’t have access outside the classroom to “real” “normal” “spoken” welsh.
I wanted to help address this issue, get more content in the medium of Welsh into the world generally, and also generally show off bits of Wales the rest of the world does not get to see.
Anyway, after some fantastically fun street interviews with some awesome fellow learners, and a lot of swearing at the video editing software, it’s done!
And I’m really excited to share it with you lot in particular, firstly because the makers of SSIW and the people I’ve met through it have given me so many good times, and helped give me the confidence to go out and interview strangers after just a year of learning Welsh (cheese alert, you are great ).
And secondly because I think these videos chime with the SSIW ethos of "just get out there and experience some real Welsh, don’t be perfect, we’ll have some fun along the way ".
You’ll notice the “don’t be perfect” rule is one I adhere to especially closely when you see my video editing.
Enjoy the first video! There are more in the works already. And do share with other learners if you think it will be useful to them.
Send me a PM if you can hold a camera and/or a conversation in Welsh and fancy helping with a future episode some time.
(*we need a catchy name, like “beliebers”, no?)