It’s Wednesday and time for another Diolch.
But some other things first.
@garethrking I should say (one more time) sorry for the brief unwanted quarell with you at the very beginning I’ve come on here.
I’m a bit confused with how many of your dictionaries, grammars and those colloquial books there are. Is there any complete list of your books in which the same versions of them wouldn’t be repeated (as it happens on Amazon with all books, not just yours). And additionally - Are your books available only in paper format or is there digital version of them, too? Reading digital for me is easier so that’s why I ask. And finally: Diolch for every single imput on this forum. I can’t say anything for the books yet as I didn’t buy any of them yet but I intend to in next weeks/months hopefully …
This is unfortunately one of the reasons I still didn’t biy any.
In my chronology of who all those people were who went (and some still going) with me breefly or for longer time along my Welsh learning path there were quite some people even before SSiW and each and everyone of them has put his own share into my learning experience, one way or another. I’m actually a bit surprised when looking back how many people I’ve met through social media and elswhere online who played their own role in making me eager to learn Cymraeg.
So today I’d like ot give my sixth thank you to 4 men who played quite significent role on my learning path especially when I was at the very beginning of it when learning was still more like a wish then true thing. Those 4 men are Ioan Dyer, Bert (OLE) James, Ox Oxus (it’s his nickname on FB and I don’t know his real name though) and Francis Taylor.
Ioan is GTFM radio sport presenter who mostly reports live from rugby matches for this radio, but he also leads one Welsh show and The Film show on there. Bert lives in USA and is lifelong Pontypridd rugby club supporter as is Ox and Francis Taylor was presenter at Radio Cardiff who had his own Monday Night Sports Show but what they all have in common is love toward rugby and Welsh language (Francis a bit less maybe but anyway). I was always invited to follow rugby matches through Francis’ live blog (before I found live streams to watch them) and they all were always there for me to have little (two or three lines) chat in Cymraeg, especially Ioan and Ox. Besides the all previously mentioned who I thanked, these 4 were the one who always made me wish and determined to learn more and more Cymraeg. They were always helpful in my atempts to at least greet them in Cymraeg and say some more and with love toward rugby they had spread allover whenever I met them online, the love toward Cymraeg has grown more and more too. If Siôn Iobbins and Dave Rogers were the ones who pointed me on here and supported me with real “conversations”, if BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Radio Wales helped me to be more familiar with the language and nowdays to understand it more, if two teen brothers were the ones who kind of challenged me to start learning, those 4 were the ones who made me feel like I really can do that - I really can learn some Welsh - although not made me that confident as Aran’s conversations and challenges did (but this has yet to come though).
So, thank you Ioan, Bert, Ox and Francis for each and every time you’ve accepted me among you on live blogs and have little occassional chats with me (just few lines usually) in Cymraeg. You probably can’t quite imagine how big difference you’ve made.
Also special thank you to Ioan who is even today my FB friend and I met him last year in Caerdydd and had about almost 2 hours of “chat in the wild” in Welsh with him. This was awesome and enourmous boost to my learning as he’s native Welsh speaker.
Special thanks to Bert too for his FB friendship also and occassional greeting in Cymraeg not to mention all that love toward Cymru, Welsh rugby, Pontypridd RFC and all Welsh!
Diolch o galon i bob pedwar!
To be continued next week …