Saturday, 25th May, 2013


img496      This was sent to me by a reader.   It’s happening in the far West of Wales.   But Why?

     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!

Picture in Archie Lowe, Editor.docimg201

About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for many years now. I love the place and love that mercurial thing "Welshness". I have been accused of being "a Taffophile" - which is pretty near the truth. The question I ask whenever some idea comes up for the whole of the UK is: "What's in it for Wales". I believe in an independent Wales and am so pleased that our Assembly is a big step on that road.
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