My mum and that whole side of my family are first language Welsh speakers, but because I was raised in England I was told that Welsh was a waste of time, and was often made to feel embarrased by it. Whenever we used to visit my family I would often feel like the odd one out, like i didnt belong there, as the whole community spoke mostly in welsh. Sometimes people would ask me something, and I would just stand there looking sheepish until someone would say “he can’t speak welsh” then the conversation would change into English (or not!). My taid was one of my favorite people, and he used to take us up every mountain, into every castle and every interesting place in wales.. He is one of my biggest inspirations for wanting to learn Welsh. I have heard welsh spoken nearly every day of my life, but can’t speak a word! I feel like a big part of me is missing! Learning welsh will fill that big hole! So far, its amazing, I have already started to have conversations in welsh with my mum and my nain, and it is helping me to see wales very differently.. I also work in healthcare, so it is bound to come in very useful in the future!