And Wednesday, the time for new Diolch post for me is here again.
This one migt seam cheesy or a bit stupid to you, but despite they directly did actually nothing and are not aware of the impact of what they’re doing - yah, only playing rugby what it is - they had huge impact on me regarding learning Welsh.
Now you all probably already know that my seventh thank you goes to the Welsh rugby team, especially to that one who played inbetween 2010 and 2014 in particular because these men are indirectly (sorry guys you’re not aware of that) the most guilty I started actually learning Welsh of all! (o, ja, guilty in deed ... )
Those teen brothers, mentioned before in previous posts, were the ones who left me alone on the forum I’ve worked for right in the middle of British and Irish Lions Tour 2009 to South Africa and they discussed just good portion of rugby before that as well, just enough to get me interested into that field of Welsh life aswell. Not educated about rugby at all I started to follow that Lions tour and fell in love with rugby. What this all has to do with learning Welsh you’ll probably ask? For ordinary person who is just sane enough not to do silly stuff and promisses, probably nothing at all but for me the events which occured to the need of learning Welsh have yet to come and the guilt of Welsh rugby team with that aswell.
It was after the Lions tour when I finally tried to search for some live streams from the rugby games, whatever games which involved Cardiff blues, Welsh rugby union team, Ospreys, Dragons or Scarlets, just that it would be rugby game which I could watch or at least listen to the comentary. What actually I could (only) find was live audio comentary of one game Scarlets (if I’m correct) played against someone (don’t remember who though) in Welsh!
I was already challenged to learn by those two teen brothers and well accepted by those 4 men I’ve written about in previous post in joining live blogs, so I just somehow thought I’d understand at least some of that comentary too. I don’t remember the comentary of the game though but I know that standard words were more or less said in English (like try and similar stuff) but I do remember the interview with George North afterwards which I just wanted to understand but I found out I actually don’t have a clue what he’s talking about. He talked fast, this is all I can remember. So the time of searching for something perfect to learn Welsh actually began. Yes, I’ve learnt some little portion of Welsh by 2012 but as you know I didn’t find SSiW yet.
The boys won 6 Nations Grand Slam in 2012 and as I’ve promissed to myself that if they win it I’ll learn Welsh and I tend to keep promisses I make I was determined to keep this one too. Not much to thank you’d say ... but this win and my conscience that I have to keep that promise now, propelled me far ahead in learning Welsh.
So thank you boys who played in those 2 or 3 years (some are playing even now) because you did something great for Welsh language and you don’t even know that!
Diolch yn fawr iawn!
To be continued next week ...