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BEI Talks Teamwork with Aran Jones

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How do you start and grow a business in line with your values?

Join the School of Business, Economics and Informatics in conversation with Aran Jones, Co-Founder of SaySomethingInWelsh to hear how he transformed a passion project into one of the most popular ways to learn Welsh.

Aran’s career journey has taken him from language learning novice, to teacher, to business owner. In conversation with Dr Neil Pyper, Department of Management, Aran will be sharing the story of SaySomethingInWelsh, the lessons he has learned as an entrepreneur and how the pandemic is shaping the future of his business.

All are welcome to join the conversation.

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This event will take place online. You will be sent a link to join on the morning of the event, so please book your place in advance.


Aran Jones looks much younger than 52, was brought up in Wales, England, Germany, Portugal, Sri Lanka and Malaysia, attended just enough lectures to gain a degree in English literature from Aberystwyth, and then worked in Zimbabwe and Dubai.

He came home to Wales in the year 2000, learnt Welsh (after failing to learn every other language he'd tried), meddled with language activism and e-Government at a time when no-one, including his line manager, knew what e-Government was, and launched an online Welsh course in 2009.

SaySomethinginWelsh is now one of the most popular ways to learn Welsh, officially partnered with the government-funded National Centre for Welsh for Adults, and used for coaching celebrities on TV and radio. Ltd is working on a range of new languages and partnerships, with an eye on the global market for English. Aran regularly attempts to claim as much credit as possible for this sequence of rather surprising events.

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