A spice of Welsh to promote the Welsh Language in Barry

The success in protecting and promoting the Welsh Language is a major achievement, to be celebrated both across Wales and the UK.

While the topic may provoke responses from different ends of the spectrum, of either ‘not enough being done’ or ‘too much being done’, nonetheless, the actions by Welsh speakers, the Welsh community, and governments at different levels have all contribute to an outstanding international case study of preserving and giving new life to a language and culture; an effort that most of us should be proud of.

One misconception is that the population can be divided between Welsh speakers and non-Welsh speakers.

Yet, in thanks partly to the prevalence of the use of Welsh in Wales, it is impossible to live in Wales and not know any words of Welsh.

Therefore polarity on the issue is not between speakers and non-speakers but rather between first language or fluent speakers and those who may only know a tiny little bit.

There is no such thing as a Welsh person who does not know any Welsh - you may speak English but by living in Wales you will inevitably know the tiniest bit of Welsh

Given the preponderance of the use of English within Wales what about an idea to promote a ‘Spice of Welsh’ - to integrate a basic core use of the Welsh language into everyday 21st century life.

A basic list of words could include:

Pleasantries
• I am sorry
• Excuse
• Please
• Thank you

Celebrating life
• Brilliant
• Cheers
• That looks good
• I love you
• We won
• Beautiful
• Wonderful
• Mine’s a pint

In the office/at work
• Telephone greeting – hello/goodbye
• Anyone want a coffee?
• I am going to the toilet
• Email greetings and sign-offs - a ‘Diolch yn fawr’ as the end of the email.

Being Welsh
• I only know a little bit of Welsh (is ‘ychydig’ the equivalent of the Italian ‘un puchino’?)
• I live in a beautiful country.
• It’s raining (again)

Should we be reframing the issue of Welsh Language away from Speakers/Non-speakers to instead First tongue or fluent speakers to know-just-a-words?
Should we acknowledge that rather than being seen as a form of 'tokensim' extending the current use of the Welsh Language, particularly among those with limited use or knowledge of the language is a positive move?
Could we have a ‘Spice of Wales’ campaign here in Barry, or indeed throughout Wales?
edited on Oct 15, 2013 by Barry Ideas Bank

Mitchell Oct 16, 2013

Smithy says it all. Welsh in Barry? http://youtu.be/GLs2ibIVQwM

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