The Summer has finally arrived and there is no better place to enjoy this warm weather than here in the peace and tranquillity of the Nant. It is great to see so many people enjoying the view and the sunshine from the terrace every lunchtime.
It was a pleasure to welcome so many Higher-level learners on the special Ifor ap Glyn course, ‘Rhowch yn dy Gymraeg! ’During May. It was an extremely interesting course with a unique opportunity for learners who have reached fluency in Welsh to add Welsh idioms, sayings and swear words to their vocabulary!
June was an exceptionally busy month for the education department with five courses taking place! A very popular course every year is a special course taught by popular Welsh author and tutor, Bethan Gwanas. It’s a great opportunity for fluent Welsh speakers and Welsh speakers alike to spend a whole week discussing Welsh books. Bethan’s course was held during June this year with fifteen attendees. The author Aled Lewis Roberts discussed his work with the group on Tuesday evening and Manon Steffan Ros discussed her work on the Wednesday evening. ‘Llyfr Glas Nebo ‘, Manon Steffan Ros, was the subject of this year’s talking session and the fifteen discussed with fifteen local volunteers during the biggest talking session in the history of the Nant so far! Thanks to everyone from the local group who read and prepared before coming here to discuss the book.
We are delighted to take learners who attend our Welsh Work courses on trips to see how local workplaces and businesses work through the medium of Welsh. An Intermediate group enjoyed a tour of Llaethdy Llŷn, with Nia Jones. Everyone was delighted with the milk they had to come home with them! They then went on to enjoy a tour of Pwllheli with Elfed Gruffudd telling the story of the town’s development. The afternoon finished with a pint at Cwrw Llŷn and a tour of the Brewery. A very entertaining tour full of chatting and practicing the Welsh language!
As we are always looking for new ways of engaging with potential learners here at Nant, receiving an invitation to attend the Festival of Discovery on Anglesey was too good a chance to miss. What is the Festival of Discovery? It was a combination of three festivals, namely, Anglesey Food Festival, Bangor University Science Festival and the Boat and Leisure Show all taking place on the Anglesey Showground over the same three days. And we were there with our purple ‘Learn Welsh’ tent. Many of the visitors had the opportunity to take part in language taster sessions with our tutors – some of them had never thought about learning the language!
We look forward to seeing you in more events during the Summer months!