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Nia Parry

Y cyflwynydd Nia Parry sy'n tywys Iolo Williams o amgylch ardal Llandrillo yn Rhos. TV presenter Nia Parry guides Iolo Williams around Rhos on Sea in this programme, first shown...


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-My guest today is Nia Parry,

-the well-known tutor and presenter.

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-Nia's taking me for a walk

-in the Llandrillo-yn-Rhos area.

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-It's hard to escape

-the noise of traffic around here.

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-But there are plenty

-of quiet nooks and crannies.

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-As usual the company

-and the views are marvellous!

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-Did you come up to Trwyn y Fuwch

-when you were a child?

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-Did you come up to Trwyn y Fuwch

-when you were a child?

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-We moved here when I was five.

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-I'm originally from Anglesey.

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-I used to come here with Taid

-and a group of friends.

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-Llandudno and Rhos are nearby...

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-..but it's so peaceful here,

-especially on a day like this.

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-Isn't it nice?

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-Isn't it nice?

-

-It's windy!

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-We start here on Trwyn y Fuwch.

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-Little Orme to those who live here!

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-Little Orme to those who live here!

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-Great Orme's little brother!

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-Where are you taking me?

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-We'll go for a walk along the prom.

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-Down that way?

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-Yes, along the sea.

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-The sea's very important to me.

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-We finish up at Bryn Euryn,

-which is just behind my home.

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-I used to go walking there a lot

-when I was young.

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-Is Bryn Euryn that mound over there?

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-The small one.

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-You said

-you didn't want to walk much!

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-Did you walk a lot

-when you were younger?

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-Did you walk a lot

-when you were younger?

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-Not that much.

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-I did some walking with the school.

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-I used to go horse riding

-every weekend.

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-I worked at stables

-down there near Bryn Pydew.

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-We'd ride over this way

-to go swimming in the sea.

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-Do you still ride?

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-Occasionally, but it's hard to find

-the time, and I live in Cardiff.

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-It's just not practical.

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-You must know this area very well.

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-Yes, quite well.

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-We used to come here

-on Friday nights.

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-You know, that age

-when you start misbehaving!

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-This is what we want - gossip!

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-I'm spilling the beans already!

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-We'd come here

-as a group of friends.

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-There's nowhere else to go

-when you're 15.

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-There's nowhere else to go

-when you're 15.

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-You can't drive or anything.

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-It's getting steep.

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-We're getting blown away!

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-Just as well I didn't do my hair!

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-Just as well I didn't do my hair!

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-Not much point!

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-Goodness gracious!

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-This is nice!

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-Give it a kiss!

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-Not like that?

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-Not like that?

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-No!

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-You don't know who's been there!

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-You don't know who's been there!

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-Let's find shelter.

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-You were very happy

-living in this area.

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-But you went to university

-at the other end of Wales.

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-By the sea, again - Swansea.

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-I had a great time there.

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-I really enjoyed myself.

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-What did you do?

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-What did you do?

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-I did a degree in Welsh...

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-..with Spanish and psychology

-in my first year.

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-I graduated in Welsh.

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-Then I travelled for a while.

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-You visited the Welsh colony

-in Patagonia.

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-That's right. I was about 17 then.

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-Mam must have been mad!

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-She was worried

-about me going there on my own.

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-I was in my first year at college.

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-It was lovely.

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-It was lovely.

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-Why did you go?

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-Why travel all that way

-when you were only 17?

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-All my other friends were going off

-to work with Camp America...

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-..that kind of thing,

-over the summer.

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-I wanted to go away somewhere...

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-..but where could I go

-where people spoke Welsh?

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-Not much choice!

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-Anglesey or the Welsh colony!

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-This is quite a quarry.

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-Great, isn't it?

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-Great, isn't it?

-

-A lime quarry.

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-I was hoping you wouldn't ask me

-about the history of this quarry!

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-We were talking about Patagonia.

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-You went back there recently

-to film 'Welsh In A Week'.

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-Had the place changed?

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-I was only there for about a week,

-so I didn't have much chance.

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-It was nice to see old friends.

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-But they eat so much lamb out there

-and I'm vegetarian!

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-You go to 'asados' - where they

-stick half a lamb on a spit.

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-I just ask for salad!

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-I bet that doesn't go down too well!

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-I bet that doesn't go down too well!

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-I try to be polite!

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-This quarry

-is bigger than I thought.

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-There's another big level

-down by the sea.

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-There's another big level

-down by the sea.

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-It's huge.

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-Look at how close those houses are.

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-Oh, yes.

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-Straight from countryside to town.

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-You had a taste for travel

-when you went to Patagonia.

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-You were soon off again.

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-You were soon off again.

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-After I graduated from Swansea...

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-..I had no idea

-what work I wanted to do.

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-It was a good excuse

-to go travelling.

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-I went to India and Nepal.

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-My friend's parents lived in India.

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-I travelled around for two months,

-then went to see them.

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-Then I went walking

-in the Himalayas.

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-It's one of the toughest things

-I've ever done...

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-..both psychologically

-and physically.

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-It's a constant battle

-with yourself.

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-I had to reach the next tea station,

-as they were called...

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-..before it got dark, or

-I'd be stuck on the mountainside...

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-..or in the middle of a jungle.

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-Character building,

-I think, is the term.

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-And then you worked your way back.

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-The idea was to return

-through Europe and get to Spain.

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-I knew I'd run out of money

-along the way.

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-I hoped it would be in Spain.

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-Then I'd get a nice little job on

-the beach and practise my Spanish.

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-But I ran out of money in February

-in Istanbul, when it was snowing!

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-I had no money

-and I didn't know what to do.

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-It was a nightmare.

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-I was too proud

-to phone Mam and Dad.

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-I would, now!

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-I would, now!

-

-"Mam, I'm alright, honest!"

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-That's what I said

-each time I phoned!

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-"The hotel's lovely!"

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-Though really, I was camping...

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-..sleeping in a tent under a bridge

-next to a rubbish heap!

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-It was a nightmare!

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-But I find that when you really

-need something, it turns up.

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-You're wondering what to do next

-and something just happens.

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-I went into this cafe one day -

-I had a little money left.

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-This guy, Nihat, came up to me.

-He was so sweet.

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-He said he had a daughter the same

-age as me and we started talking.

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-He asked where I was staying

-and I told him.

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-He was so paternal.

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-Every night he brought me

-a doggy bag from the cafe!

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-Every night he brought me

-a doggy bag from the cafe!

-

-You must have looked a mess!

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-"Give the poor girl a doggy bag!"

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-That's so terrible!

-I look back with shame!

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-I used to practise English

-with him every afternoon...

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-..to pay him back,

-because I had no money.

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-That was lovely.

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-Then he said,

-"Come with me to my school,"...

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-..the language school

-where he was learning English.

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-Have you been

-to these really busy bazaars...

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-..with boys

-trying to sell you carpets?

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-They sell you carpets

-and tell you you've got nice eyes!

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-They don't know

-what a noun or a verb is!

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-Within one afternoon,

-I was teaching English.

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-The headmaster gave me work.

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-I stayed there for nine months.

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-That's when I decided

-I wanted to teach.

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-I thought, if I can teach English

-in Istanbul...

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-..I could to teach Welsh in Wales.

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-..I could to teach Welsh in Wales.

-

-So one of the worst periods

-of your life...

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-..led to something very positive.

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-That often happens.

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-Sitting here is very nice

-but we'd better move on.

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-We've had our little break.

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-Ready to go now.

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-This is the first time I've done

-a programme walking on a pavement!

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-This is a walk through town.

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-An urban jaunt!

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-Through a concrete jungle!

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-When you returned from Turkey,

-you knew you wanted to be a teacher.

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-Definitely.

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-But I didn't know

-how to go about it.

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-I sent a fax from a cafe

-in Istanbul...

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-..to Cardiff University, pleading

-for a place on an M Phil course.

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-I decided to do an M Phil course

-before I did teacher training.

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-The course covered the methodology

-of teaching a second language.

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-I learnt how the brain

-processes information.

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-I was a full-time student

-for a year.

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-I'd learn a little bit more

-every week.

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-I learned a lot on that course.

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-Are good teachers born

-or are they made?

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-I have to say...

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-..to be a good teacher, especially

-if you're teaching adults...

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-..you have to be a social person.

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-You have to like people.

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-I love it - I just talk

-to people all day long.

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-And you enjoy talking!

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-You're well-known as a presenter.

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-Do you still think of yourself

-as a teacher?

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-Definitely.

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-My background is in education.

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-I've come from the world

-of education.

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-Education excites me.

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-The opportunity to work on

-'Welsh in a Week' was a challenge.

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-I knew a little about

-some aspects of the programme...

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-..but the rest of it

-was completely new to me.

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-I've learnt so much

-in the past year to eighteen months.

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-It's the perfect job for me.

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-It's great.

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-There's nothing better

-than teaching a crowd of people...

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-..over a period of two years.

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-In the first lesson, they can

-hardly say "Good morning" in Welsh.

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-Within two or three years,

-they're fluent.

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-They come to a class after being to

-a Welsh-medium parents' evening...

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-..and they send their children

-to Welsh-medium schools.

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-That's the pleasure I get

-from the whole experience.

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-It's a wonderful feeling.

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-Welsh learners are integral

-to keeping the language alive.

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-Yes, they are.

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-20,000 learners sign up

-for courses each year.

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-A lot of non-Welsh speakers

-want to learn Welsh.

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-We, as Welsh-speakers, should

-encourage them at every opportunity.

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-That's so important.

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-Is Bryn Euryn far?

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-Is Bryn Euryn far?

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-No - it's only over there.

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-888

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-I knew it would rain

-before we reached Bryn Euryn.

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-It's time to wear a hat.

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-My parents live on this street.

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-Any chance of a cuppa?

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-After we reach the top of the hill.

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-A cuppa would be nice

-right about now.

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-Here we are - Bryn Euryn.

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-Bryn Euryn Nature Reserve.

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-There's a car coming down.

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-Traffic in the middle

-of the countryside.

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-They've built some new steps here.

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-It used to be such a struggle

-to walk up here.

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-It's very clean here.

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-Very nice.

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-We're climbing all the way.

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-This is Llys Euryn.

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-It's changed so much

-since I lived here.

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-Do you know anything

-about its history?

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-It was the court

-of Euryn and Ednyfed Fychan.

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-Ednyfed Fychan was a servant

-to Llywelyn, Prince of Wales...

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-..in the 13th Century.

-This was his court.

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-It must have been a huge building.

-That's an enormous fireplace.

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-You can imagine the fires

-that used to burn there.

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-Roasting a deer over an open fire.

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-The smell would fill

-the whole building.

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-Imagine them preparing for battle.

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-They've placed pieces of wood

-to clearly define...

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-..where each room used to be.

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-This must have been

-a big banqueting hall.

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-When I was younger,

-the grass would grow this high.

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-I didn't realise at the time

-that it was this size.

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-I'd fight my way through the

-undergrowth to reach the walls.

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-After you -

-we'll go around the back.

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-You'd need a big window

-to fill that gap.

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-People recognise you

-as the presenter...

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-..of 'Cariad @ Iaith'

-and 'Welsh in a Week'.

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-How did you get into presenting?

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-How did you get into presenting?

-

-It all happened so quickly.

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-I saw an advertisement

-in the paper for a presenter.

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-I tried for it

-but I wasn't expecting anything.

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-I was completely happy

-in my teaching job at the time.

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-I had an interview, a second

-interview and then a screen test.

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-The screen test

-was quite an experience.

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-I knew they were looking for

-a presenter for 'Welsh in a Week'.

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-It was a great opportunity

-for me to teach...

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-..and learn how to become

-a presenter at the same time.

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-The screen test must have been

-quite frightening for you.

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-I had no problems standing in

-front of a class of 80 learners...

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-..but sitting in front

-of a camera for the first time...

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-..made me so nervous.

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-My stomach was doing somersaults.

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-My stomach was doing somersaults.

-

-I couldn't do it.

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-Let's sit here for a short while.

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-It's time we had a break.

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-Quite a nice view,

-despite the weather.

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-What a pity.

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-People sometimes look back

-and identify a particular teacher...

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-..who had an influence

-on their early years.

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-Did you have

-any influential teachers?

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-There was a teacher at my school -

-Beryl Jones - she was wonderful.

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-I think she came

-from Liverpool originally.

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-She'd learnt Welsh and that was

-an inspiration to others.

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-She was so enthusiastic

-about her subject.

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-She really enjoyed teaching.

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-You'd always enjoy yourself

-in her classes - she was wonderful.

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-Was it easier for her,

-a Welsh learner...

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-..to teach the subject to others?

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-Definitely - especially

-when teaching adults.

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-Many tutors learn the language

-in the first place.

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-Learners can empathise

-with their tutor.

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-It gives them hope that they

-can learn the language, too.

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-What makes a good teacher?

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-I genuinely believe

-that enthusiasm...

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-..is the most important

-characteristic.

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-When you start teaching

-a new group of learners...

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-..you have to really believe that

-they can all learn the language.

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-If you're enthusiastic

-when you teach...

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-..they'll pick up

-on your enthusiasm.

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-You have to believe in your pupils.

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-You must have a few teaching tricks.

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-I have trouble remembering names.

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-I see people, I know who they are,

-but I can't remember their names.

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-What can I do to improve my memory?

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-I'm Nia - you remember that I hope!

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-There are lots of little tricks.

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-It's important for teachers

-to be aware of these tricks.

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-Many people remember a word...

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-..by associating it

-with a personal experience.

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-I remember one lady,

-she had a parrot.

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-She couldn't remember the words

-for 'arian parod' (cash).

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-I told her to associate cash

-with her parrot.

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-She kept on saying "arian parrot"

-after that.

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-When you have a picture of it

-in your mind...

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-..it makes it easier

-for you to remember the word.

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-You just need the cues

-to remember that word.

0:20:010:20:05

-Well, Sian,

-let's head for the summit.

0:20:050:20:08

-OK, Dafydd! Off we go!

0:20:080:20:10

-You've taught me so much.

0:20:100:20:13

-Your jokes are really bad!

0:20:130:20:15

-We were talking earlier

-about influential people.

0:20:220:20:27

-When I left school,

-I went to Swansea University.

0:20:270:20:31

-Hywel Teifi Edwards

-was one of the lecturers.

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-He was superb.

0:20:350:20:37

-His lectures

-were a theatre performance.

0:20:370:20:42

-We never took notes

-but we could remember everything...

0:20:420:20:46

-..because his lectures

-were so lively.

0:20:460:20:49

-I taught in Cardiff

-after leaving university.

0:20:500:20:54

-I worked with Helen Prosser there -

-she was superb.

0:20:540:20:58

-I'd read up on theories and

-methodologies in all the books...

0:20:580:21:03

-..but I learnt far more by working

-with her in the classroom...

0:21:040:21:09

-..especially practical and useful

-things when working with learners.

0:21:100:21:13

-She was a huge influence on me -

-and still is.

0:21:130:21:18

-You're a very talented person -

-you also write poetry.

0:21:200:21:25

-I'd never call myself a poet.

0:21:260:21:29

-It's something I like doing.

0:21:300:21:32

-It's something I do when I'm out

-walking or just sitting in bed.

0:21:320:21:38

-When I go away on holiday...

0:21:390:21:42

-..I always take my diary

-and a notebook.

0:21:420:21:46

-I write a few lines

-every now and then.

0:21:460:21:50

-How far is the summit?

0:21:500:21:53

-How far is the summit?

-

-It's not far now.

0:21:530:21:54

-It's horrible now!

0:21:550:21:56

-It's such a pity -

-we can't see into the distance.

0:21:590:22:05

-The Carneddau and Penmaenmawr

-are over there somewhere.

0:22:050:22:09

-It's wonderful here on a clear day.

0:22:090:22:12

-But today's not a clear day!

0:22:120:22:15

-You left this area

-to pursue your career.

0:22:150:22:19

-You're living in Cardiff now.

-Would you ever return to live here?

0:22:190:22:24

-There's still something that draws

-me back to north Wales.

0:22:240:22:29

-To be honest, I wouldn't return

-to live in Llandudno.

0:22:290:22:33

-Most of my friends

-have left the area.

0:22:340:22:37

-I am fond of north Wales -

-I'd like to live in Caernarfon.

0:22:380:22:42

-It's nice to retrace

-your childhood footsteps...

0:22:430:22:45

-..and call on your parents

-for a cuppa.

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-And that's where we're going now!

0:22:490:22:52

-You've been looking forward

-to this cuppa all day!

0:22:520:22:56

-Let's go!

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Y cyflwynydd Nia Parry sy'n tywys Iolo Williams o amgylch ardal Llandrillo yn Rhos. TV presenter Nia Parry guides Iolo Williams around Rhos on Sea in this programme, first shown in 2003.


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