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

I want to be a Welsh speaker because I love Wales, it is the language of my ancestors I would imagine (Williams) , my wife is Welsh, our eldest son is called Myrddin, and with Brexit I shall now speak another language than English in another country right next door to where I live (Bristol). I have always wanted to learn a Celtic language. When I can speak Welsh I shall feel like a real Welshman.

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I want to learn Cymraeg because I am Welsh and I want to connect more with the culture, history, literature and people of my country.

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I was born in NW England but, from a child, always felt ‘at home’ in Wales. I believe this feeling comes from the fact that my Dad was Welsh, his parents marrying in Merthyr. I now live in Pembrokeshire and have done so for 20 years so to me it makes sense to try to speak Cymraeg. Moreover, it’s a beautiful language which I want to continue to be spoken and grow in use. Anyway, my Dad would be very proud to learn that I am (at least) trying to master the language.
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I visit Wales often as I love the country, so it would be nice to speak the native language.

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I had that Eisteddfod experience too!

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I want to be a Welsh speaker because…
my boyfriend is Welsh and it makes me really happy to speak to him in his language - and yes, I agree, feels like being part of a secret society especially if you speak it abroad! :slight_smile:

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I want to be a Welsh speaker because my husband is fluent and my children will be going to Welsh school. Also because I have a Welsh name I am asked constantly if I am a Welsh speaker and I want to be able to say yes!

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because Wales is heaven on earth, I am coing to live in a Wales and I am part Welsh and because the welsh people are gorgeous !

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I am a very proud Welshman but do not speak Welsh which at times makes me feel very embarrassed!!
I would like to have the confidence to be able to converse with any Welsh speaker.

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I wanted to talk to my friends in Wales in Welsh but they say they don’t remember the Welsh they learned at school. Now I find I’m just enjoying learning the language and may want to learn more about Welsh history later on.
If I ever get the chance I’d like to live near Llanelli/Kidwelly. Jill

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I love Wales, it’s a beautiful language, I want to enjoy the music better and my late father spoke Welsh so it’s part of my family history.

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I want to be a Welsh speaker so that I can speak Welsh to my many Welsh speaking friends. They have encouraged me to become a Welsh speaker for so long and they deserve this from me.

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it is something I wish I could have learned as a child in school.

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I think it is important to support use of the welsh language, especially as I now live in Wales.
I hope that local people will be pleased that I am trying.

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It will open up a new world for me when I move to my new life in Wales and I want to try and surprise someone who mistakes me for a native Welsh speaker…if I ever get that good!

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@thane I’ve been there a couple of times. It’s wonderful! It usually only lasts a couple of minutes. But more often it’s been more like, Where do you come from? You sound Welsh, but you’re not from around here.:slightly_smiling_face:

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I am sad that despite being Welsh I have never, ever had a conversation with anyone in my ancestral language and hope this course gives me an opportunity to change that.

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I want to be a Welsh speaker because it allows me insight into Welsh history and culture.
When I become a fluent Welsh speaker I will have that lovely, lilting, poetic way to express myself and my friends and neighbours in my new home in Tywyn will understand that their precious and beautiful language is appreciated by other people too.

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I want to feel part of the Welsh speaking community.

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How beautiful, @bushra :heart_eyes: