I am Welsh, but born and brought up in the Vale of Glamorgan, in deep south English speaking country, of English speaking parents, it was never on the cards. I’ve always found the language beguiling but have been increasingly ashamed that I can speak more French and Italian - and even German at a push - than I can the language of my home country, which was the birth language of both my grandmothers!
My cousin Huw from near Llanfair Caereinion said to me before I went to his mother’s funeral a few years ago ‘you’ll need to practise your Welsh, Sue’ and I was too ashamed to tell him that I didn’t really have any to practise!
I’m hoping for a chance in due course, preferably at a happier occasion than another family funeral, to speak in Welsh with him and maybe more of the many Welsh speaking cousins I met that day, who welcomed me warmly even though I was representing the only English monoglot branch of the family!
Oh, and there are of course lots more Welsh speakers within a day trip of where I now live in Shropshire and not necessarily over the border!
Sorry got a bit carried away here!