I see nothing in the run, apart from showing that there are stalwarts standing up for the language, which will encourage people to learn Welsh.
After The ‘But . . .’
The most common phrase I’m hearing these days is “I’m not racist, but -”.
I hear it from all sorts of folk from all sorts of backgrounds and – sadly – I hear it in Wales.
Usually, though, it’s said in an accent denoting that the speaker is from our Eastern neighbour. And, more often than not, the phrase is followed by “- if they come to live in our country, they should be made to learn our language”.
The speakers clearly forget where they are – Wales.
So I agree with what they say, which pleases them.
Then I ask “So how long have you been learning Welsh?”. I say it with a smile and try to adopt an air of innocence.
Dear reader, I am a learner myself. I use the Welsh language whenever I can, even in parts of our nation where English is the dominant tongue.
Anyway, next time you hear a demand that those who come to live here should be made to learn our language, try my ploy. And let me know the result!