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I mentioned on Friday that I recognised the poem “Llongau Madog” because there is a clip of Ryan Davies using it to explain Cerdd Dant.

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i pawb.


Ardderchog, Sue! :slightly_smiling_face:

:santa: Nadolig Llawen, pawb, a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda ac, wrth reswm, llawer o hwyl Cymraeg yn 2020 :santa:



Just a quick note about the first Oxford SSiW meetups of 2020: there’ll be the usual Friday RB lunchtime meetup. A Wednesday (New Year’s Day) meetup’s also possible if anyone’s interested - with Cafe Bap closed that day we’d need another venue but that’s not a problem; alternatively, if preferred, it could be a leisurely walk+sgwrs - let me know what you think :slightly_smiling_face:

  • Wednesday 1 Jan - to be decided
  • Friday morning, 3 Jan from 12:00 in the The Royal Blenheim, corner St Ebbes/Pembroke St

:slightly_smiling_face: For potential newcomers: if 2020’s the year you’ve decide to learn Welsh, please don’t be shy - do come and join us and please don’t worry if you’ve only just started or are about to start, our group is very informal and we have learners at all levels - you’ll be more than welcome! Do let me know if you’ve any questions - you can send me a Personal Message or just post a message on this thread :slightly_smiling_face:

Hwyl a Cyfarchion y Tymor


I shall be working in the shop on 1 Jan, but I plan to be in the Royal Blenheim on 3 Jan.


I just wanted to thank the other members of the group for being so friendly and welcoming since I appeared earlier this year, and for putting up with me asking the translations of the same words week after week. (Some of them are finally starting to sink in…!).

Also a big thank you to @johnwilliams_6 for tirelessly organising everything.

Wela i chi’r blwyddyn nesaf!




Nadolig llawen iawn i pawb! I too would like to Thank everyone in the group for their patience and warmth and friendliness towards me. You are all also inspiring with your commitment to learning Welsh. Also Thank you so much John for your enthusiasm and for organising us all. Diolch yn fawr. Bethan


Wel, diolch pawb am eich geiriau caredig!/Thank you everybody for your kind words! :blush:
And thank you too for another enjoyable year of ymarfer Cymraeg/practising Welsh and hwyl! :slightly_smiling_face:


:santa: Hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas Day yesterday! :slightly_smiling_face:

Just a quick reminder about our walk+sgwrs this Saturday 28th Dec - latest update here:
Hwyl, John


I don’t think we’re going to be around - ar ein ffordd i’r pantomeim, yn anffodus!


Mwynheuwch! :wink:


A reminder bach about this week’s meetup(s) :slightly_smiling_face:


Blwyddyn Newydd dda i pawb! I won’t be able to meet up tomorrow but hope to make it to RB on Friday! Hwyl Bethan


Diolch, Bethan - Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i ti ac i bawb :partying_face::champagne:


Helo pawb -a quick reminder that the first meetup of 2020 will be tomorrow. If you’re a newcomer you’ll find a warm welcome, whether SSiW learner or not, and whatever level you are from first beginner to first language speaker (do post a message if you’ve any questions) :slightly_smiling_face:

Hwyl, John


With Xmas/New Year out of the way, maybe a good moment to check if it might help to make any adjustments to meetup current days/times? Let me know which days/times you think currently could work for you (incl any potential newcomers who are thinking of maybe joining us :slightly_smiling_face:):question: - also could additional meetups at evenings or weekends, weekly or monthly, be helpful :question: :slightly_smiling_face:

Anyway, for next week we’ll stick to the usual meetup pattern:

  • Wednesday morning, 8 Jan from 10:30am in Café Bap, Abingdon Rd
  • Friday morning, 10 Jan from 12:00 in the The Royal Blenheim, corner St Ebbes/Pembroke St (NB No food at present, but tea & coffee etc available)

Hwyl, John


A quick reminder about tomorrow’s first Cafe Bap meetup of the year :slightly_smiling_face::


Diolch pawb for a very enjoyable sgwrs today in the RB! :slightly_smiling_face:
When we were talking about bandiau I said I’d also heard the word siendorf used for a band. Having checked, seems it comes from sain+torf, so a ‘sound crowd’ - really like that! :slightly_smiling_face:
Hwyl, John


Well, seems the answer is no! :slightly_smiling_face:
Let’s stick with the current pattern of meetups, then, so for this week it’ll be:

  • Wednesday morning, 15 Jan from 10:30am in Café Bap, Abingdon Rd
  • Friday morning, 17 Jan from 12:00 in the The Royal Blenheim, corner St Ebbes/Pembroke St
    Hwyl, John


Very interesting. Though the standard of the band I was in they would more likely be called the Bad Sound Crowd! Though the band seem to have done a lot better since I left… :thinking: