i like welsh! i think i'd like to live in wales. and i like it that people speak welsh. we have to do english for GCSE, even though some people don't want to. i know welsh isn't necessary to live but it is to keep wales as wales, not western england.
(despite my username, i'm not welsh)
gah she is being unbelievably short sighted.
I'm Welsh and I speak the language fluently and attend a Welsh Medium School and have done so since reception. I truly find some of the comments made on this thread and made by Mr Davies hurtful at the very least. I did not have the choice to go to a Welsh school when I was 3 obviously but I am very grateful for my parents for making that decision. I am proud to speak the language of my country just as if I or anyone else moved to a country such as France or Latvia I would expect people to make an effort to learn the language.
A lot of people here says there is no point learning Welsh as it is a dying language however the number of children attending welsh Language schools is on the increase. Becasue of this increase Welsh schools get more funding (because of the per head bases) and therefore the quality of facilities and teaching in these schools is on the rise.
As you can see I am perfectly capable of righting decent English and my Welsh is also of a fluent standard.
When children learn Welsh, and when I have learnt it, you don't only learn words, you learn the skills of translating and improved comprehension . The universities I have had interviews for took a keen interest in the fact that I can use Welsh as a fluent language and it has helped me get a lot of part time work. After university and training I may decide to come back home where Welsh will be a great support for me when working in the Health sector.
Yes I am happy to be Welsh and support the Language and the countries traditions. However I have nothing against the English or any other nationality, as someone who forefathers came here after escaping from the Holocaust I despair at the idea of being called racist or affiliated with a party such as BNP just because i think it should be compulsory to learn a beautiful historical language.
Speaking as someone who is Welsh and who has spoken welsh from a young age, I would like to say that her complete small-mindedness about the welsh language makes me sick.
I enjoyed studying welsh, and although I don't study it anymore I am glad I can speak it and it has helped me get some jobs in the area that I live in.
People like Maureen Boyardy is one of the few reasons I detest the welsh because they assume that the welsh have a one-up on everyone else because of our language.
I went to a completely welsh school in year 7 where they threatened me with detention because I spoke English. Needless to say, I moved in year 8.
I do think that the welsh should learn to speak welsh and study the language in school, but whether they want to carry on that study is their choice. It is exactly the same as studying English lit and lang at GCSE, as I have 2 welsh gcses, (lit and lang).
Her outlook on the welsh is wrong, and although there is a very strong sense of nationalism in the country, there are also a lot of people who live in wales but yet hate welsh, so people argue about why they live here.
People need to see the full picture before they can make a judgement on the welsh, and Maureen had obviously had a very close-minded upbringing.
Learning Welsh is one of the most important things in Wales. 60 years ago the government of the UK was attempting to exterminate the language. My great gran only spoke Welsh until she was 7, and then of course Westminster thought it would be a good idea to abolish one of the oldest languages in Europe. It's excellent it's making a comeback.
Not really directly related but I received a letter the other day with what I assume was the same message in English and Welsh stamped on it.
Why the hell am i getting welsh on letters sent to an English address?
And why on earth should we speak English as a first language? Welsh is our language, just like French is the language of France, and Slovak is the language of Slovakia. English should've stayed in England, and the English shouldn't have tried to take over the world. Our language never died, and never will, because we love our language, and it will stay that way. There's nothing wrong with Welsh, so take your imperialistic ignorant opinions somewhere else because they're wrong.