Coleg y Cymoedd celebrate Shwmae Su’mae Day
15 October is national Shwmae Su'mae Day; a day to encourage people to start each conversation with Shwmae ("Hi there" in Welsh). Established in 2013, the day has gone from strength to strength and is now an established fixture in the Welsh calendar. Its aim is to increase awareness about the language among non-Welsh speakers and encourage us all to use our Welsh skills. Across Wales; people come together to celebrate and promote the Welsh language.
This year Coleg y Cymoedd took the opportunity on Shwmae Day to celebrate and share the language with learners, staff and members of the public, across its four campuses with fun-filled activities. In the learning centres and on reception areas prizes were given for taking part in quizzes and games or for simply saying something in Welsh and Chartwells kindly gave a discount to those who said ‘Shwmae’ when ordering tea or coffee in the college cafeterias. Learners and staff alike made the most of the opportunity to show off their Welsh skills and win some prizes.
Thanking everyone for their involvement with Shwmae Su’mae Day, Lois Roberts, Coleg y Cymoedd’s Welsh Language Officer said: “The Welsh language belongs to us all, whether we are completely fluent or only know a few words. A big thank you to staff and learners for embracing the event. Shwmae Sumae Day is an opportunity for all to share the language and have fun. Diolch yn fawr!”