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


I want to be a Welsh speaker because I think it will be fun to use when visiting Snowdonia (I used to visit regularly before Covid) and will help me find some of the less touristy spots.

One thing I hope will happen when I am a Welsh speaker is to improve my social life and make adventurous friends who also love languages and want to explore Wales and other parts of the UK.


Hello from Athens Greece!! Dw i eisiau dysgu Cymraeg because… why not? It’s an old language, it’s fun and I just love learning new languages (even if I may never use them irl).

Nos da!!


My young son speaks Welsh in school and I want to show him that is important to learn so Im learning with him. Also my wife speaks Welsh so its a family thing.


because the language was lost to my family 3 generations ago and its time we got it back :-))


I want to be a Welsh speaker because I am embarrassed that I can’t. When people say oh your from Wales, can you speak Welsh? I will be able to say yes I can! with confidence.


although I was born and raised in England, I moved to Wales as a teenager and have lived here ever since. Wales is home and I love it - and I think the Welsh language is very important and really precious. One thing I hope will happen is that I will be able to speak Welsh with S4C when I next run the Snowdonia Marathon.


I want to be a Welsh speaker because I love languages and my great-grandpa could speak Welsh. He was from Wales and he was a great guy. I decided I want to learn the language he knew.
He used to try to teach my mom Welsh when she was little. They would have long sock “fights” while yelling “hosanau!” with each toss. :grin: He was a funny guy. :heart:


Aha - was that what was going on when Jesus ride into Jerusalem?


I want to be a Welsh speaker to support my young daughter who attends a Welsh language school. Despite spending the first few years of her life in Yorkshire, the effortlessness with which she’s learning Welsh is inspiring… and the perfect motivation to keep me pushing on with my Welsh! Now living in a rural Welsh village, I also want to be a Welsh speaker to feel a more integral part of the community, and to show respect for the heritage & culture of where I live.


We hope to move to S Wales near Llandeilo where my husband still have relatives… and they are all native Welsh speakers… and I think Welsh is such a beautiful language to listen to … and I think as an English person… I should make the effort to learn to understand and speak it as it is such an integral part of Welsh culture… and it’s fun to try and chat to my aunt already in pigeon Welsh and entertain her with my accent😂


I want to be a Welsh speaker mostly because I’m a huge nerd for Welsh history/literature/folklore, but also because learning Welsh has proven to be extremely therapeutic.

As for the second question, I can’t really think of any specific thing I hope will happen. I’m American, so practical, realistic scenarios for speaking Welsh do not easily spring to mind (I have plenty of un- and semirealistic ones, though). Honestly, the greatest thing that I’m looking forward to is the feeling of vindication. I’ve spent too much of my life trying to learn the things I thought I “should” learn instead of the things I wanted to learn, and it hasn’t really gotten me anywhere. By contrast, I started learning Welsh because of a personal interest in Welsh history and culture, and also because the language just felt right. Now, I’m not only enjoying myself, I’m also doing a lot better at it than any other language I’ve tried to learn (learners need a genuine interest in order to succeed! Who would have thought?). I feel like the whole process is teaching me to trust my own judgment, and becoming a successful Welsh speaker will only confirm that.


I want to be a Welsh speaker because it’s a beautiful language and I love how it sounds!
I hope that I can get a better understanding of Welsh culture and folklore through speaking the language. And maybe (if I’m not too shy) I might have some nice convos in Welsh too!


I want to be a Welsh speaker because when I had my Tonsils out staying in hospital age 6 in my nearest hospital where all the ward and staff spoke Welsh in Glangwilli living in South Pembs I felt disconnected.


I live in Ceredigion, love the place, many people I know are Welsh with Welsh as their first language; I also like watching Welsh programs, without subtitles, one day; it’s a cultural thing; but I also feel it is wrong that a small nation was forced to give up it’s identity, so I am trying to do my bit :blush: Seeing in the faces of so many Welsh people how much it matters that you are giving it a go, saying hello etc in Welsh…Makes it worth while if nothing else will :upside_down_face:


I think it’s important to keep the Welsh language going. The one thing that would change if I succeed , is that I could speak and understand my grandaughter who goes to Welsh school !


Two of my grand-sons are welsh speakers and I want to be able to speak with them and understand their concerts at school.


Dwi’n moyn siarad Cymraeg yn rhrygl I siarad Cymraeg gyda fy wyrion pwy sy’n mynd I Ysgol Cymraeg Bro Ogwr


Hi, dw i’n moyn siarad Cymraeg achos hoffwn i deall Pobol y Cwm heb isdeitlau…


I finally moved to Wales a few months ago after visiting all my life (loving it by the way and had a brilliant welcome) but I simply want to feel more part of the community. I hope that by understanding and speaking Welsh I’ll get some of that richness that only comes with speaking the language.


I want to be a Welsh speaker because I love languages and wasn’t able to learn it in school in Wales. It has always haunted me that I can’t speak my native tongue.