My ninth thank you goes to the woman who is one of those who made the most for my learning Welsh. She was my first real Skype speaking parthner and the one with who I spoke only yn Gymraeg during our skype sessions. She seamed kind of strict and determined to make me a Welsh speaker and no less. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this woman is @margaretnock!
As I’ve said she was my first real and for that time constant Welsh speaking partner and I enjoyed speaking with her any time. We talked each time (only) about half an hour (I say “only” because now I can’t be stopped and when I have conversation on Skype it’s always about at least an hour long ) but I talked only Welsh no matter how little I knew at the time. She was the one of those who gave me encouragement and awareness that I can speak some Welsh if even not correctly all the time.
But Margaret didn’t stop here. After some chats on Skype once a week, one week there was a message comming through the forum PM system saying something like “Would you mind if I come to visit you there in Slovenia?” Can you imagine how my head reacted to that? “What?” was the scream in my head and then “Of course! I’d be glad if we could speak some Welsh here in Slovenia!” I couldn’t believe this can really happen. And so it happened. Margaret visited me in April last year and Welsh was heard on the streets of Ljubljana and elswhere in Slovenia. I was happy and the more the date closed in the more I just couldn’t wait the day to come. Whole 5 days, a lot of Cymraeg and visiting places in Slovenia was priceless and I could not ever be thankful enough for such fortune! She brought me the “Pedair Cainc Y Mabinogi” book, some lovely “Cymraeg” things I could show off with when going somewhere a very first Welsh flag and the magnificent hat which she made by herself. You can read all about what and how it happened here.
However, she didn’t stop doing all kinds of good for me. When I was totally sure I will be comming on a bootcamp in Tresaith, she was the one who organized my overnight stay in London with her mom and dad and she was the one who drove me to Tresaith, and while I was in Cymru, she came to see us all on the bootcamp and performed with us on Noson Lawen, and then we all met at the Eisteddfod where we’ve walked around together a bit. What a magnificent and pleasant time it was! Memories for the rest of my life and motivation for learning more. All about my visit you can read in Cymru - I’m coming! (and a bit of help please), about the bootcamp in My Challenges and about the gathering at Eisteddfod 2016 in Any SSIW meetup at the National Eisteddfod 2016? thread.
Margaret is a magnificent Welsh speaker who always is able to adapt to the level of one she speaks to so there’s no worries one could not understand her talking in Welsh and she’s also patient speaking partner who explains gladly if something isn’t understood and kindly corrects mistakes one makes (oh, I did them many in English too, you know ...). She gave me so much confidence and, together with @aran, @brigitte, @ramblingjohn and some more of you on here, finally coud convince me I am learning and I can speak (at least a bit) Welsh.
Margaret, I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done for me and I hope to be able to come to Wales in a while again to meet you and bring a little piece of Slovenia to Cymru with me again. As you’re in Thailand now and the journey home is long, I wish you happy and safe return with a lot of pleasant and magnificent memories.
Diolch o galon am y bopeth ti wedi gwneud i fi! I would not be able to speak, read and understand as much as i do if you wouldn’t be here for me from the very beginning.
You are a star for me as you’re always helpful and encouraging to all of us on here, this star doesn’t shine just for me but for all of us!
Diolch yn fawr iawn!
To be continujed next week ...