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Pump am y Penwythnos /Friday Five 23/05/2020 :five:


#1

Bore da all, sorry I missed posting yesterday!

1) Who’s the first friend you made in the SSiW community?

2) Tell us the story of how you became a part of SSiW?

3) If you were to receive any gift/award/accolade for your success in learning a new langue what would you choose?

4) Name five random items you can see from where your sitting?

5) If SSiW were to insist that everyone using the forum had to include a short description of themselves in their profile, what would yours say about you?

Have a happy weekend! :grin:


#2

1) Who’s the first friend you made in the SSiW community?
I think the first person I spoke to on arrival in Tresaith for the very first Bootcamp was Aran, but in a very short time I made freinds with 7 “magnificent” participants and the “Fab Four” plus their offspring.
2) Tell us the story of how you became a part of SSiW?
I had been trying to learn my mother’s tongue since I retired through a combination of evening classes and intensive summer courses, all of which were worth doing. I was immediately attracted by the SSiW method and soon found that my learning stuck and my confidence to initiate conversations rose rapidly. (Diolch o galon unwaith eto)
3) If you were to receive any gift/award/accolade for your success in learning a new langue what would you choose?
I’ve already won an oscar at a party in Caernarfon (which is on my bedside table) and a cwtsh from the delectable Nia Parry. What else could any learner want?
4) Name five random items you can see from where your sitting?
My wife, my granddaughter, Pili (the one year old kitten (today)) (his sister is out killing stuff) and two of my peonies that M has cut this morning.


5) If SSiW were to insist that everyone using the forum had to include a short description of themselves in their profile, what would yours say about you?
Devastating looking, intelligent, multi-talented and, above all, modest.


#3

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Bore da all, sorry I missed posting yesterday!

1) Who’s the first friend you made in the SSiW community?

You know, I really can’t remember. 18 out of my 95 FB friends are on SSIW. I’ve been to enough bwtcampiau to not really know who I met when. And then there are others who I know, who aren’t on FB. If I had to choose one, and please, nobody be offended, I would say the lovely @tatjana is the staunchest SSIW friend I have. Over the years I’ve had 10 SSIWers, at least, in the house, for food or an overnight stay.

2) Tell us the story of how you became a part of SSiW?
September 2009 I was in a 4 day residential Welsh course in Glan y Fferi, Fferyside, Carmarthenshire. I’d been the year previously but had attended daily, but this timeI chose to stay to make a small holiday of it. Another of the four residential students told me about SSIW snd gave me a card. He was an ‘early adopter’ and a retired language teacher and had already disagreed with how SSIW was run. I never met him again. I might have registered with SSIW when I got home from the course, but I don’t think I actually started learning with @Iestyn and @Cat. Three months later and I broke my leg. No work. No Welsh classes either. But, there was this online way of learning! I went to the third bootcamp held in the first year they ran, Junish, 2010.

3) If you were to receive any gift/award/accolade for your success in learning a new langue what would you choose?

Being mistaken for a native speaker. It’s occasionally happened, even if it only lasts for a minute or two. Even being mistaken for a Gog. You speak Welsh, but from somewhere else.

4) Name five random items you can see from where your sitting?

My mother, lying on the sofa, reading the Guardian.
Her quilts, hanging on the walls.
Two balls of yarn on circular knitting needles, waiting for me to get my head around lace knitting.
A pinboard with photographs of 6 generations of the family.
The bottom 7 inches off pyjamas which I cut off in order to make the PJs safer.

5) If SSiW were to insist that everyone using the forum had to include a short description of themselves in their profile, what would yours say about you?

My motto is ‘Say yes, go first’. If you want to know more, ask me.
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#4

1) Who’s the first friend you made in the SSiW community?
I remember introducing myself to Aran at the Llandow Eisteddfod in 2012 and have classed both him and his wife as good friends ever since. Through subsequent Eisteddfods, parties and bootcamps the list of real friends has grown exponentially.

2) Tell us the story of how you became a part of SSiW?
2011, Wrecsam Eisteddfod, staggered into the SSiW tent for a bit of shade, got drawn into a conversation with Iestyn and before you know it I was downloading and completing lessons at an alarming rate.

3) If you were to receive any gift/award/accolade for your success in learning a new langue what would you choose?
The same as Marged above, getting mistaken for a native speaker is the highest accolade possible. I’m far from being a natural speaker but can do a reasonable impression of one and the dreaded word “learner” rarely crops up these days. Not that they think I’m not a learner but have the decency to not mention it. :man_shrugging:

4) Name five random items you can see from where your sitting?
Chocolate digestives.
Back to the Future DVD.
Wife.
Place mats from Llydaw.
Glass of beer.

5) If SSiW were to insist that everyone using the forum had to include a short description of themselves in their profile, what would yours say about you?
Ex-drummer, ex-cyclist, ex-alotofthings.


#5

1) Who’s the first friend you made in the SSiW community?
Probably @gruntius; when I went to Saith Seren for the first time after about 6 or 7 online lessons. He and several others looked after me and help me to try out a few phrases and keep coming back. Online I made lots of friends on the intensive 6months course by @Deborah-SSi and @nia.llywelyn were oth such a tremendous help.

2) Tell us the story of how you became a part of SSiW?
I’d worked in Caernarfon over 20 years ago an had began to try to use Welsh regularly but didnt have the confidence. When my job moved back to Wrexham I didn’t use Welsh and began to forget what I’d learned. I had a message from an old friend encouraging me to try SSiW and loved it as soon as I started. I enrolled on the 6 months intensive and carried on into the ‘Deep End’. I eventually set myself a target of trying to cycle to the Eiseddfod inCardiff without speaking Welsh. Thats when the SSiW community really helped me; putting me up overnight meeting me in cafes and pubs along the way. A really unforgettable experience and I always be grateful for everyone who made my journey so memorable.

3) If you were to receive any gift/award/accolade for your success in learning a new langue what would you choose?
The award of speaking Welsh is truely enough for me.

4) Name five random items you can see from where your sitting?
Headphones
Dog
Salvador Dali clock
Map of Snowdonia
Sketch pad

5) If SSiW were to insist that everyone using the forum had to include a short description of themselves in their profile, what would yours say about you?
The one who cycles everywhere and likes the ‘other’ code of rugby


#6

1) Who’s the first friend you made in the SSiW community?
The wonderful @sasha-lathrop!

2) Tell us the story of how you became a part of SSiW?
I stumbled upon my first few Welsh words and sentences in a “Torchwood” novel nearly three years ago but they didn’t offer a translation in the book. Trying to translate it by myself with no knowledge of Welsh and just an online dictionary obviously failed, so I simply decided to learn Welsh to be able to translate it one day.
I found Duolingo and SSiW, started both and admittedly stuck to Duolingo throughout the last two taxing years due to professional school.
But having kept on learning Welsh for over two years made me realise two things: That I have fallen in love with this language and that I want to learn to speak it. Really speak it, not stuttering out mispronounced words and sentences out of a (virtual) school book.
So I came back to SSiW straight away, started that wonderful “word game”, joined the postcard club and am enjoying myself immensely! :blush:

3) If you were to receive any gift/award/accolade for your success in learning a new langue what would you choose?
I received so many gifts already: Meeting so many wonderful, kind, open-minded and funny people here and on Slack, time spent together at the hangouts, postcards,…
I would feel awful if I asked for more!

4) Name five random items you can see from where your sitting?
The crocheted plant one of my best friends made for me
My brother’s waistcoat with the loose button I still need to reattach
The plush toy dog which reminds me of my own late dog
My pencil cases with coloured crayons
All of my “Doctor Who” cups which don’t fit into the cupboard in the kitchen

5) If SSiW were to insist that everyone using the forum had to include a short description of themselves in their profile, what would yours say about you?
Still waters run deep.


#7

1) Who’s the first friend you made in the SSiW community?
Urmmmm… well I guess lots at the same time when I joined the forum, unless I can count Aran and Catrin although technically I made friends with them before SSiW.

2) Tell us the story of how you became a part of SSiW?
As usual with most things in my life, hap a damwain! - the door opened and I stuck my nose in for a shifty and been here ever since! :laughing:.

3) If you were to receive any gift/award/accolade for your success in learning a new langue what would you choose?
Nah - already gathered all the riches that go with learning a new language - friends, history, culture, opportunities, fun and a huge collection of grammar books!

4) Name five random items you can see from where your sitting?
a spare light bulb (on the desk that really should have gone back in the drawer months ago)
a photo of my dad, mum and brother
my work calendar
a huge stack of Welsh grammar books (see #3)
a dog having a nap on the floor

5) If SSiW were to insist that everyone using the forum had to include a short description of themselves in their profile, what would yours say about you?
Likes lurking and googling. I don’t have all the answers but I know where to find a lot of them. :rofl:


#8

huge collection of grammar books!

I knew we had a lot in common :laughing:


#9

I’m very late to the party, but I’ll say DIOLCH O GALON WELOD i ti @margaretnock! It is always a pleasure to meet you being in real life or online. The days you visited my little country Slovenia were magnificent. I’ll always be hugely grateful for everything you did for me from the first real conversation I had with you totally in Welsh all the way to taking care of me when I was on the way to Tresaith as I will always be endlessly grateful to your parents that I could stay overnight with them in London. You were one of those people who are constantly giving me the momentum to keep on going when there’s the danger I’d stop.

And of course, thank you for these kind words in deed.

Diolch!