@Novem Thanks for tagging me.
Found you in the Braw.media map, Lena!
I live 90 minutes west of you. 30km NE of Ullared.
The map has definitely had a boost since I registered, because when I checked it this time there were 3 learners (You + me + Richard), one fluent speaker and two native speakers. (Only me and Richard were visible when I registered.) One of the native speakers lives in Kalmar, Richard lives in Hässleholm and the other two in Malmö - so if we could get in contact with them we might have something to start with.
I don’t mind driving a bit to get to a meetup.
Yes, Novem - I saw that topic when I checked the board, and I will most likely use it!
This is exciting! I’ll put a note in the next newsletter and see if we can rustle up a few more SSiWers in Sweden!
It certainly has had a boost since I last saw the map. There were hardly any arrows at all in Sweden then.
So there are two in Skåne. I have family living there so I go there a few times a year. I’m not very mobile otherwise, I’m afraid. For (…) reasons I am unable to venture very far from home most of the time. But let’s see how many are interested and where we could meet. It would be great to have a native speaker among us, as I would really love it if someone could correct my mistakes.
I’m in Linköping I’d love to have a meetup if anyone’s up by me. I’ve just started the 6 month course so my welsh isn’t fantastic quite yet.
Linköping is a bit of a blank spot at the map currently, but if you register (it’s free) it won’t be completely blank anymore.
No problem for me to go to Linköping, if we’d manage to do a meetup there.
How many would been needed for a useful meetup? 4? 10?
Thanks for letting me know. I’ve registered on the map! I’m also able to travel if needed (within reason :)).
I’m not sure how many would be needed, I’ve not gone to a language meetup before but I’m guessing around 4 - 5 at a minimum.
Any number, really - a pair can have a fantastically valuable one-on-one conversation, and every extra person makes it that bit more flexible and interesting (although one-to-one conversation is the gold standard for the best possible practice, really)…
I wish I knew we had some learners in Malmo! I’ve been there twice over the last 2 years!
I agree with Aran, I think two is a minimum. At least to start with. I’m nowhere near fluent so I would probably get confused and not be able to keep up if there were 10 of us meeting.
So perhaps we should start small, then?
Would it be possible for you to come down to the Växjö area, Jessica? I think the southbound train from Linköping stops in Alvesta, and I could easily pick you up at the station there (if we don’t decide to have the meetup in the station house).
Is there somewhere around where you live where we could be, Lena?
I can go down to Växjö, no problem. Since I’ve just started on the 6 month course (this week is week 1 for me) maybe we should give it a few weeks before our first meeting so I can actually say more than just “dwi eisiau dysgu cymraeg achos dwi’n hoffi yr iaith gymraeg” or similar. What do you think?
Good point, Jessica!
Perhaps sometime in March might be a good start? That would give you enough time to get into Welsh, and it would be handy for me before doing the final exam on the university courses in Uppsala (internet based courses, thankfully )
I live in the USA in the mid-atlantic, so I obviously won’t be joining your group. I wanted to share my experiences as they may help you. I’m in a similar situation; wanting to speak Cymraeg but the nearest speaker to me is 1.5 hours away, and that’s only two people. Even meeting in the middle requires substantial time just to speak. What I did was to have an online group that meets weekly and I opened it up to everyone here in SSiW living on the East Coast. We have people from Maine to Florida…and cross fingers, one person from the West Coast. We have 3-7 people who show up each week. Maybe there are others Siradwr in the same time zone as you in other countries? Just a thought. Pwb lwc!
Just so that people who are following this thread know it, Martin and I have discussed things, and I do have a place for us to be.
We’re currently checking if March 9th might be a possible date. It works for me and Lena, and I received a message from Richard today saying that it seemed to work for him as well and that he was looking forward to it already.
Would March 9th work for you as well, Jessica?
Checking timetables for the trains, and there seems to be trains arriving more or less all the time on the 9th. Starting around 11:30 (there are trains arriving around 11:25) seems possible to me.
I need to work to 12:30 on the 9th (mandatory rehersal). Would it be possible to start around 14:00 instead?