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


#810

And my aim at the beginning was to have a conversation (sgwrs) with the pennaeth (head) at the school & not feel totally out of my depth…which I (kind of!) did this week & he told me my dysgu yn mynd yn dda iawn! :+1:


#811

I want to be a Welsh speaker because my girlfriend started learning Spanish for me, depsite English being my first language, so I decided I wanted to learn a language too.

I picked Welsh as it was from a different language family than Spanish or English so seemed like a challenge.

I’m aiming to become fluent but don’t even know any Welsh speakers, although I do get sent to South Wales on occasion for work; just a handul of times a year to be fair.


#812

Because I’ve lived in North Wales for the last 35 years, had many good friends and 2 relationships with first language Welsh speakers and never bothered to learn a word of it… (How much of a wasted golden opportunity was all that), and not seeing any of them anymore has shown me how much i miss it… and because i’ve seen people standing in the queue at Asda and have people have a go at them for speaking it in LLandudno !, how wrong is that !

and what do i wish will happen… That i will meet more and finaly be able to talk to them in their first language and not have them revert to English just for my benefit…


#813

I want to be a Welsh speaker because I sent my daughters through Welsh medium education and yet never felt the confidence to learn myself. Here I am at 66 thinking it’s about time! And I’m loving every minute learning this wonderful language :blush:


#814

I live in Wales and love the sound of the language when it’s spoken, as well as its history.


#815

I want to be a Welsh speaker because I want to expand my career and be able to chat away with my friends and colleagues in their own language. One thing I hope that I think will be awsome is being able to chat with the locals in my local garage as they’re always so friendly and are first language Welsh speaking.


#816

Because I’ve lived here fro 25 years, my partner is a German born Welsh speaker, and I really want to.


#817

Superb result - well DONE you! :star: :star2:


#818

My reason…
Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau is being taken over by an evil oppressive tyrant. … very similar to the first Dark Lord, Morgoth, (may be his cousin?)
The hero(me, cos I’ve got hairy feet) is on a quest to enrol the help of the Ddraig Goch who resides somewhere around Carmarthen (I believe I’ve seen evidence of dragon pooh in farmers fields!)
I need to dysgu Cymraeg as this obviously is the language of Dragons!


#819

I want to be a Welsh speaker because Welsh legends and history have always fascinated me. Learning the language will help me to learn even more about them. I would like to travel in Wales and learning the language is respectful in that regard. Also, learning a new language helps keep your brain young. Figure if a baby can learn it, so can I… (ha ha - babies seem to have a secret weapon tho.)

One thing it would change in my life? I hope that learning to speak Welsh will help make travelling in Wales mwy diddoral (more interesting) and perhaps make research a bit easier, too. Other than that? Well, I might keep my journal yn y Gymraeg since I’m the only “speaker” in the house. :wink:


#820

I want to speak Welsh because… I have fibromyalgia and my specialist fibro physio said that learning a new language (as well as doing activities with my non-dominant hand) could help to retrain my brain.

Also, I’ve been living in Wales since 2013 and it definitely feels like home, so this was the obvious choice.


#821

I want to become a welsh speaker as I live in west wales and want to make the effort to be able to chat to locals in their own language. I have been doing a course for a few years now but haven’t got the conversational skills I hoped for yet and hope this course will help with that - and my confidence to try!
J


#822

Having lived all my sixty years in Wales and apart from the early years in Secondary School, I have never found the right learning medium for myself. My main inspiration for finally biting the bullet, taking the bull by the horns etc was a lovely 75 year old gentleman who when we met was starting his degree in Welsh Literature to go with his Welsh Language degree. His name - Islam Islam, a Bangladeshi migrant from the 1960’s who now considers Welsh his first language.


#823

If you want something badly enough, you’ll do it no problem. Pob lwc


#824

That’s great Jane, I live in West Wales too and I’m aiming to recover my childhood Welsh so I can chat with everyone locally too. I remember the days when the authorities were trying everything they could to stamp out our language, so I owe it to those who fought hard and long to keep it alive. Hwyl fawr!


#825

I live in North Wales, my daughter is in Welsh medium education, my wife has been on a course for a while and I want to support her and most of all because I want to integrate fully into living into the most beautiful country in the world :heart_eyes:


#826

… I want to fit in with and understand the locals.


#827

I want to speak Welsh because I am a Welshwoman: this speaks for itself.


#828

exactly this!
Welsh is a big part of my cultural and personal identity and having a 1st language welsh husband and family, it feels wrong and almost rude, not to improve on the welsh I already know ans use and to become a more confident and fluent natural welsh speaker.


#829

I want to be a Welsh speaker because I want to be able to speak to my kids in their first language…

And I hope to be able to engage more in the work place WHEN I become a Welsh speaker. :crossed_fingers: