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


#2080

I want to be a welsh speaker because I was born in wales and have always been proud to be welsh. I want to be able to converse with other welsh speakers


#2081

I want to be part of ensuring that the Welsh language stays alive and I hope it will open the door to more creative opportunities.


#2082

I want to be a Welsh speaker because I wanted to learn another language and to challenge myself. I chose Welsh because I believe the language is lovely, and I want to be a part of keeping it alive.

One thing I hope will happen when I am a Welsh speaker is to visit Wales and put to use in person the language that I am learning.


#2083

The Welsh Language is part of the culture of the whole island and should be preserved.
By learning to speak Welsh I hope to enjoy even more my visits to Wales


#2084

I want to be a Welsh speaker because I enjoy learning languages, Welsh is a traditional language of the UK and I would like to contribute to the preservation of Welsh. It saddened me to hear some schools in Wales do not teach Welsh and I have some Welsh in my family tree. Finally, I would like to explore Wales and do the honour of conversing with the locals in their own language.


#2085

I want to be part of the community since moving to Wales


#2086

I want to be a Welsh speaker because it’s a beautiful (and fun!) language worth preserving, and I’d love to be able to converse with native speakers, with confidence and little to no struggle, either in-person or via the Internet. Because why not?

(A smaller, more instantly achievable life-changing goal would be to sing along to a Welsh song and understand all of the lyrics, without the use of subtitles.)


#2087

I want to be a Welsh speaker because I love Welsh! I’m just in love with the language!


#2088

I want to learn Welsh because I love languages. I have always wanted to learn a Celtic language, and Welsh (one of the only two non-Latin/Germanic languages of the seven I hope to eventually become fluent in) seemed a natural choice given my ancestry.

My great-grandparents came from Wales, but none of the surviving members of my family seem to know where exactly from. If anyone has any tips on how to figure out our family origin, I’d love to hear them! I know the family last name was Mainwaring (not exactly unusual…) and they landed in Wilkes-Barre, PA. When I was young I was told that they were different from the other Welsh in that town because most were coal miners from the South, but my family was from the North…I thought also miners, though. But honestly, I’m not sure of anything at this point other than the last name and where they landed in the US.

Another reason is that I’ve been working on a fantasy novel set in an alternative history that features, more or less, a group of Celtic Britons vs a Germanic group of people. I thought learning a Celtic language would help me understand the Britonic characters better and differentiate their voices more.

I live in the Netherlands now, where I know ZERO Welsh speakers/people, though I’d love to change that. But it’s also conveniently close to Wales (short direct flight to Cardiff), and I hope to take my new language skills on some post-COVID adventures. I love hiking, caving, history, and music, so Wales beckons… #AngelseyOrBust :wink:


#2089

Welcome Elysia!
It’s still quite a long shot, but if you think they were miners - or that area of work at least - it’s possible that some of the places to look further might be Anglesey (copper mining), Bethesda or Blaenau Ffestiniog (slate quarrying) or Flintshire/Denbighshire (the North Wales coal field). I know it doesn’t narrow it down that much, but it could be a start!


#2090

I want to be a Welsh speaker because I care about the language and its history and it will be fun to speak Welsh on visits to Wales - somewhere I go regularly for work.

I imagine having a good conversation with a nice person in a shop who is pleased and surprised that I have bothered to learn Welsh. A small thing, but would be so rewarding!!


#2091

I want to learn Welsh because…

…it’s there.

It’s not only mountains that that applies to!

And I like to think that my learning it is one extra bit of help to make sure it keeps being there.


#2092

I want to be a Welsh speaker because :- I want to speak my native language, and also, to speak to my grandchildren in their first language. I also want to feel proud of myself. So I have 3 reasons! I can’t wait to see the look on their faces when I start joining in their conversations with each other, they will be so surprised!


#2093

I want to be a Welsh speaker because I want to speak Welsh. It’s that simple. It’s a living language and many of my friends speak it.


#2094

I want to be a Welsh speaker because I want to be able to speak the language with my children (who we have enrolled in Welsh language school) and friends as I feel it is important.


#2095

it reminds me of my grandmothers who both spoke Welsh and it makes me feel closer to them!


#2096

I want to be a Welsh speaker because I’m Welsh, and think it’s great we’ve got our own language.


#2097

I want to speak the language of the country that I live in!


#2098

I was born and raised in the United States; like so many native-born Americans, I have a mixed heritage, but so much of my heritage is Celtic —maybe 3/4 of it; the rest is English. I want to learn Welsh, become a Welsh speaker, because part of my heritage is Welsh — my surname is Welsh; I’ve had an interest in languages since my teens; among croups of languages that interest me, the Celtic group figures high; and of all the Celtic languages I’ve explored, the orthography of Welsh is the closest to being “phonetic”. Welsh grammar is very interesting, as well.


#2099

I was born in Leicester but grew up in Cardiff (we moved there when I was very young, so i feel more at home in Cardiff). I now live in Germany and when I retired 12 years ago, I wanted to do something new and I decided to (try to) learn Welsh as it reminds me of my young days in Wales and also because learning a language is excellent for the “little grey cells”.