In talking with a friend, the subject turned to Welsh independence. He’s a staunch believer in our nation making its own decisions, so we often – well, always – drift into that subject.
There is much fuss going on, apparently, to ensure that the Welsh language is being taught in schools in Wales – and that sufficient time is devoted to its teaching. In some schools, particularly along the Marches he tells me, Welsh lessons are regarded by the teaching staff as something of a joke.
I think it’s true to say that many parts of our land are English-only areas. Welsh died out – stamped out! -in these areas decades, if not centuries, ago. The Marches, of course, have been infiltrated by English immigrants from time immemorial. And, these days, many retired folk from our Eastern neighbour make their homes there. That’s understandable: our scenery is wonderful.
And, as I constantly hear from English monoglots in Welsh-speaking areas, “English is the language of commerce all over the world“.
So is speaking Cymraeg (Welsh) simply an act of rebellion? It’s said so in some places in Wales – and, as a learner – I tend to agree.
More Independent Thoughts
The “rebellious Scots” (the label still applies after centuries!) are shouting about having another Brexit referendum for Scotland! We in Wales must keep an eye on their thinking.