Announcing the first champion for Shwmae Sumae Day 2018!
Over the past five years, Shwmae Sumae Day has called on champions across Wales to help promote the national day of celebrating the Welsh language, held on the 15th of October. These champions encourage the act of starting each conversation in Welsh, and using simple phrases, as a means of normalising the language amongst their networks and communities.
We are very proud to announce that our first champion for 2018 is Dani Schlick, originally from Saxony and Berlin in Germany, and now living in Porthaethwy (Menai Bridge) on Ynys Môn. Dani began learning Welsh in Germany after falling in love with the language during a holiday in Wales. In 2015, she moved back to Wales to learn more of the language, and by 2017 was in the final round of the annual Welsh Learner of the Year competition. She now contributes to a number of cultural, creative and social event in the Welsh language – such as Panad a Sgwrs in Palas Print bookshop in Caernarfon, and Peint a Sgwrs in Bangor. Dani currently works for Mentrau Iaith Cymru as a coordinator focusing on the use of the Welsh language within business. Explaining the importance of Shwmae Sumae Day and her role as one of the champions for the day, Dani says:
“It’s important to raise awareness and the confidence of learners, it is so difficult for so many people to have that confidence to start a conversation in Welsh. This national celebration raises awareness that there is a really simple way of beginning conversations in Welsh by just saying “Shwmae” or “Sumae” as opposed to just a “hello”. It’s a great opportunity for learners to start conversations in Welsh – and for Welsh speakers to speak more Welsh with learners.”
Dani will be working within her community in the north-west, raising awareness to the campaign;
“I will be promoting the day in my new role with Mentrau Iaith Cymru, amongst shops and cafes in my area. I will also be going to events to do with Shwmae Sumae Day, advertising the day and events in the social events that I organise and share events through social media.”
‘Diolch’ to Dani for her enthusiasm and commitment to the Welsh language and supporting the Shwmae Sumae campaign this year. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and assistance and see also our website www.shwmae.cymru for resources that can help you organise events for the day…!
Mae’r Gymraeg yn perthyn i bawb. The Welsh language belongs to us all.