'I want to be a Welsh speaker because...'


I’m ok on the important basics of food - I know ‘gwin’ and ‘caws’, so I’ll be alright. haha!


My grandmother was a Welsh speaker but was forced to speak only English at age 5 as her family moved across the border. She lost most of her Welsh over the years…so sad. Now I have a baby granddaughter myself who will go to a Welsh school and I want to be able to speak Welsh to her.


… I live in wales


I want to learn welsh because I like the welsh language.

I don’t have a “good” or rather practical reason as I don’t live in wales (or patagonia) nor do I come from wales but I’ve always had a strong desire to be a welsh speaker ever since it occured to me that maybe I wasn’t entirely incapable of learning languages (attempting to learn French in school made me think it was me who couldn’t learn languages, not the teaching method at fault).


A very warm welcome to the forum, @tsyesika - where do you live? It’s always particularly interesting having people who don’t live in Wales on here… :slight_smile:


Thank you for the warm welcome :slight_smile:

I live in Sweden but I’m originally from around Caerhirfryn/Lancaster area.


I want to be a Welsh speaker because I want to support my daughter in her Welsh medium school.
It would change the way I can support her and communicate with her teachers.


I want to speak Welsh as my children are bilingual (both going to Welsh schools) and I would love to be able to chat to their teachers in Welsh and also to be able to speak Welsh to some of the customers that come into my place of work.


I want to be a Welsh speaker because Wales is my home now & I have Welsh speaking friends & family. I hope to impress my nieces by speaking to them in Welsh :grin:

(Also I :heart:️ Gorky’s zygotic mynci’s music & super furry animals’ music & would really love to sing along in Welsh :notes:)


I have posted here a number of times, but I have not yet stated my own reasons. In truth-it’s complicated. What does an Irish-American with no known family link to Cymru have to do with loving yr iaith Cymraeg the language of the Cymry? The easy answer would be that my wife is of the Cymry (Cymraes gog…) and was robbed of her distinctive speech as a small child who had no language other than English. I had none of my grandparents’ tongue myself (aside from names and community and the Casement foundation and pubs). This is a common thread of history that our people share. Just as the Cymry were welcome to ferry over for food during the War, I have noticed some Irish here sharing in the continuance of the language.
Long may this be so.
Of the estimated 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, nearly half are in danger of disappearing. With or without wanting to, the dominance of languages like English is suffocating and killing off minority tongues at an extinction rate quicker than that of birds, mammals, fish and plants.
If we lose our languages, we lose our identity, we are unable to describe our world with the soul and beauty native to us, and lose our distinctiveness in a worldly morass of homogeneity.
I am proud to be a part of safeguarding this ancient tongue and I hope that you all feel just a bit of pride in it as well.
I did say it was complicated :cry::grimacing::sob::no_mouth:


When I retired, I decided to take a GCSE in a subject that I’d failed spectacularly at school; I chose Latin. The course included translations about the Celts, Druids and Boudicca and, the more I read, the more I wanted to learn a Celtic language. I chose Welsh because it’s the most widely spoken, a beautiful language and I love Welsh mythology. I hope eventually to be able to read small extracts of the amazing Welsh mythology in Welsh. We’ll see :blush:


my father’s family were Welsh and I love feeling part of the thriving exciting community of Welsh speakers. I want to visit Wales and have real conversations in shops etc and help in some small way to keep this beautiful language alive. I imagine I’ll feel thrilled at that point.
Also, my main aim is to be able to watch ‘Pobol Y Cwm’ without English subtitles :grinning: Thank you very much to all involved with this wonderful course.


@lin-2 @jackie-butler @Sean-O @jennifer-3 @vanessa-jones @Kim-J

I love reading stories how learning Welsh links generations together! Even if those links are not readily apparent. I live in the United States and have Welsh ancestry, but I cannot place a person or location in Wales. When I sing along to Welsh songs…mostly mumble words I don’t know until I come to the words I do know… or watch a Welsh program or speak ‘yn y Cymraeg,’ I really enjoy the feeling of being connected to a group of people whose history goes back thousands of years. This forum is filled with great people who all share a passion for the language, and a surprising amount live outside of Wales. Thank you all for sharing.


I want to be a Welsh speaker because in the past 4/5 years living in Cardiff I’ve made so many friends who are 1st language/fluent/learners and I’d like to have a proper conversation with them in Welsh! In terms of the reaction from friends, I’d fully expect them to be pleased for me - and then say something I don’t understand, so I run away :slight_smile:


… I want to be someone my first language Welsh speaker boyfriend could practice with so that he doesn’t lose the ability to speak Welsh despite us living at a place where Welsh speakers are few and far in-between.

One thing I hope will happen when I am a Welsh speaker is that I will be able to answer the phone and have conversations in Welsh at work - I have a foreign sounding surname name and non-British accent so people never expect me to be able to speak Welsh!


I want to be a welsh speaker to make my grandmother and great grandmother proud and to speak to my own grand daughter as she begins to learn welsh. I want to be able to speak comfortably with so many new people in my own language. I’m from Wales, have always lived in Wales and felt Welsh but there’s always been something missing.


Don’t let that stop you. A friend of mine is actually a Welsh School teacher, but out of school he loves to use a bit of colloquial/streety Welsh on me. There’s never a problem, if I ask him to explain something. In fact, that way, I tend to remember it better.


I want to be a Welsh speaker because I feel it is a language worth learning. I think it would help with my work and set a good example to my kids.


I want to be a Welsh speaker because I’ve lived in North Wales for 5 years, and I’m marrying a Welshman later this year!
I’ve always loved the language, and hope to eventually do it justice, and feel the immense sense of achievement that will go with it! :smiley:


I want to be a Welsh speaker because after having moved around a lot as a child (my father was in the forces) and therefore technically being ‘from’ nowhere in particular, I have settled in South Wales and have no intention of leaving… I feel owe it to my home to learn its language.

One thing I hope will happen when I’m a Welsh speaker (amongst many others!) is that I’ll feel sufficiently confident to add the orange ‘Cymraeg’ speech bubble to my email signature in work and interact with my Welsh-speaking colleagues in Welsh.