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


I live in Wales, and want to speak to my freinds and neighbours in their own language.


I want to be able to speak with my patients in their own language. I am an anaesthetist and I find that many of my first language Welsh patients ‘wake up’ in Welsh even if they converse perfectly in English before they go to sleep. It is also very noticeable to me how any confused or demented patients respond so much better if I am able to speak even a few words in their first language.


I completely agree with that sentiment. Good luck!


I want to be a welsh because I live in a Welsh speaking village - Llangadog and I don’t want to be a newcomer now I’ve lived here for 20+ years!


I want to learn Welsh to be able to speak my own language! As a teacher (hopefully I’ll get more work soon) I want to be able to have confidence in speaking to help put things right. It was appalling that our language was stolen from us and that teachers (nasty ones) helped by doling out corporal punishment to little children who were only doing what came naturally…speaking their own language. I want to swap the Welsh NOT with a Welsh CAN!

I met up with other SSIW students at Blaenau Ffestiniog on Saturday. It was a lovely day for my first meet up, but I found it difficult to pick up on most of what was said of the History talks. I did have a go at conversational Welsh. I’m sure I’ll get better in time. Also I was interviewed for the Brocast Ffestiniog (I jumped between Welsh n English to survive!). There will be another gathering in St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life, Cardiff in December. Hopefully I will have developed my confidence by then.


I want to be a Welsh speaker because…
We have visited Wales many times and I have always felt as though I was missing something by not being able to understand the language, having recently discovered that my Great Great Grandmother was born in Cilcennin I feel even more of a pull to learn her native tongue.
As for the change it will have, well…we are planning to relocate to N Wales when my husband retires in a couple of years and I hope it will help me to fully integrate into the community.


I’ve always wanted to be able to speak Welsh. I have a GCSE and I’ve tried twice to learn using a Myneiad course book and before that teach yourself. I tried the old course in my 20s or late teens but didn’t stick with it. Trying again now and hopefully I will succeed. It would be nice to watch the next series of Un Bore Mercher and not Keeping Faith the English version


The dragon sunk it’s teeth into me ever since I first heard Welsh several years ago. I would also like to add another Celtic language. According to the contact I signed that should happen March 1st 2020!

I have a dream of visiting Scotland, Wales and Ireland and only speaking in their respective native languages. Maybe by the time I am comfortably conversational in Welsh, SSiIrish will be ready!


I came to Wales for study, and though circumstance i’m now back working there. I have no ties to Wales, but like it here and would like to make Welsh my fourth language / make it to the end of the 52 week course at least.


I want to be a Welsh speaker because I recently found I have a ( treatable) tumour and want to distract from the challenges ahead.


Both actually, although I haven’t lived in England since I was 19 - and I’m now 72. Fortunately that means that despite this Brexit fiasco I can still remain a member of the EU, which is the most important thing as far as my family is concerned (German wife and two sons in their twenties).

In a small sleepy town just south of Munich, in beautiful Bavaria.

Thanks for the encouraging comments. And the best of luck with your studies.
David G.


I want to be able to speak Welsh with my Welsh friends.


I want to be a welsh speaker because I believe in learning to speak the language of the country you live in. And I LOVE wales :black_flag:󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿


Me too!


Is this how to post a comment? Just ‘reply’?

Two grandchildren starting the Welsh language path. Enough I think.


Exactly the same reason I started a frw years back…
Just finishing level 2 did the 6 month course its awesome


I want to be a Welsh speaker simply because I love North Wales and everything about the place.


I want to be able to communicate with my little boy in the language he will be learning in school. And the people around me.


I want to be a Welsh speaker because I want to communicate better with those around me.


I want to be a Welsh speaker because it’s my dream to live in Cardiff one day. If I’m going to live there, I feel like I should know the culture as much as possible.