A great, positive article by Alex Rawlings of Memrise. It is infuriating to have to defend our own language in our own country but you’d be surprised at the hostility we get from people in Wales and England, especially from the English press – there seems to be a revival of this at the moment
Tucked away in the corner of the UK, one of the world’s most monolingual countries, you’ll find a beacon of bilingualism for the rest of the world: Wales. Out of the four home nations that make up the United Kingdom, Wales has led the way in its efforts to revive and promote the Welsh language, and has set a precedent for other countries all over the world. What makes this more impressive, is that it has managed to do so while living side-by-side with global giant English.
But only fifty years ago, it looked like the Welsh language was dying out. It was only spoken in remote, rural regions by mainly older speakers. But since 1999, when learning Welsh was made compulsory in schools up to the age of 16, things have started to change.
“I can’t go five meters out my door without knowing that Welsh is around…
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