I want to be a Welsh speaker because I think it will change my life
I want to be a Welsh speaker as growing up in Liverpool, we spent our summers in North Wales & I loved listening to the language. I then lived & worked in South Wales for a few years before moving back to Liverpool. I now have 3 children & I am loving sharing my new knowledge of the beautiful language with them.
I’m Welsh, but have a terrible record of leaning languages…and never had a single lesson of Welsh in school (in 1970s!). Now I’m 56 and really want to try and attain at least a basic conversational capability in Welsh.
I want to become more proficient in Welsh simply because it may help silence the many Saeson who ask me why anyone would want to speak Welsh! Apart from the obvious responses about culture, nationality, and the nearly 1 million who do, does anyone have a better response?
That’s great. I’m with you. My great-great grandparents were Welsh speakers who came to the coal fields of Pennsylvania from the coal fields of South Wales. Learning Welsh is my way of connecting with them.
Congratulations, gallet ti siarad Cymraeg nawr!
Well, you could try another tack which might get them thinking…
Tell them “because it’s a way into a parallel universe”. (Which isn’t really too far off the mark anyway! )
Or “because you don’t know what’s behind a door until you open it, and the Welsh door looked interesting”. (Because of the big red dragon door knocker, no doubt! )
I want to be a Welsh speaker because it is a unique way to honor my Welsh heritage and ancestors, and to bring the Welsh culture alive for my own children.
I want to be a speaker of Cymraeg for many reasons! I love languages, am fluent in Spanish and used to speak French and German too. As a child living in Connemara for a short time, I learned some Irish at school. Now the language I am geographically closest to, other than English, is Cymraeg and it seems disrespectful, in a way, not to make an attempt to learn it. As far as I know I am English through and through, and becoming a speaker of Cymraeg feels like a way to ally myself with a people who, to put it mildly, have not been well treated by the English ruling classes throughout history. I believe that all indigenous languages, particularly those that have been suppressed by another dominant culture, need to be protected and kept alive and if I’m contributing to that even in a small way, that feels important. I would love to be able to learn Irish, Cornish and Scots Gaelic as well at some point (might need another lifetime or two!), but another reason I chose Cymraeg is because I understand that it’s the oldest of the indigenous British languages and I’m fascinated by its history and mythology. It feels like learning the language will open up new pathways into understanding all that. Plus I love the sound of it!
Some things I would love to happen when I am a speaker of Cymraeg include being able to understand and pronounce public signs when I visit; being able to have a conversation in Cymraeg, in Cymru, if I ever pluck up the courage; and, probably not for another 20 years or so at least, but having a good enough understanding to be able to read some of the ancient literature of Cymru in the original.
I want to be a Welsh speaker because my boyfriend is Welsh and I wish to work in Wales museums in the future.
The one thing I hope will happen when I am a Welsh speaker is that I will feel more proud of myself.
I want to be a Welsh speaker because I’d like to be able to sing the anthem at Rugby matches and know I’m singing it correctly!
That’s a similar reason to me, funnily enough I’m only trying to learn Welsh properly having moved away from Wales. Good luck!
… because I love to hear the Welsh language spoken and I don’t want it to become extinct!
I’m having a flashback to the taster course. Hearing @aran’s voice saying, “I want to learn to speak Welsh because I love Wales and I want the Welsh language to continue.”
I want to be a Welsh Speaker because it was my father’s first language and would be a great testament to his memory if I could become fluent too.
Entirely unintentional brainwashing right there…