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Do We Really Need Welsh?

Postiwyd gan sean123 o Caerdydd - Cyhoeddwyd ar 07/05/2015 am 09:57
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Welsh is a language that has been around for decades but do we really need this language?

I know there is all this stuff about keeping the Welsh language but in my opinion we don't actually need it and it is a waste of time.

Every single school in Wales has to teach Welsh according to the government and no one is given the option about taking it for GCSE or not; you just have to take it. In my school, I learn French and I am about to start learning Spanish next year when I start Year 9 and actually I find French very easy and interesting; I even signed up to Babbel.com with a paying subscription (it is a website where you can learn different languages and it is supported by the European Union).

In fact, French is my favourite subject but Welsh unfortunately is at the bottom of my list (although I am good at it) aside from R.E which is extremely boring! The thing is with Welsh, is that the sentences have mostly very complicated grammar; if you wanted to say "I have a Cat" you would say "Mae cath gyda fi" which translated to "is cat with me" where as in French you would just say "J'ai un chat" which simply means "I have a cat"!

I know that there are many people who speak Welsh who obviously would disagree with me and say that Welsh is easy but that's because they are used to it. Most sentences in Welsh need to be learnt individually as the grammar is so complicated and I think that we could really do without this language. I would much rather take Spanish as a GCSE than this language simply because I think that the way this language is built is awful and I am sure that most people who are learning this language would agree with me.

People should not be forced to study something when they do not want to; I am sure someone who loves for example geography would much rather take that rather than Welsh. Another point I would like to make noticed is that almost everyone who speaks Welsh, will also be able to speak English. I know that this is good for them because it is another language but do we really need Welsh on sign posts and posters all around Wales if people can speak the English which is written above or below the Welsh?

Obviously there are the people who would say; "You might need Welsh one day if you want to work for the BBC or other jobs which need Welsh" but to be honest, how many people actually end up working in these kinds of jobs? If they want to work in this kind of field then they should learn Welsh independently as people who do not like Welsh and are not good at it will have one less GCSE to go by and this reduces their chance of getting into the college they want.

Just think to yourself, do we actually need Welsh and please comment below with your opinions!

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Sam Sprout (Editor)

Sam Sprout (Editor)

Rhoddwyd sylw 12 mis yn ôl - 7th May 2015 - 13:28pm

From that Twitter:

@FeedTheSprout Yes it's apart of our heritage, should be proud of the language it's beautiful. #CymruAmByth

— APJones (@AngieBeatDown) May 7, 2015

Sam Sprout (Editor)

Sam Sprout (Editor)

Rhoddwyd sylw 12 mis yn ôl - 7th May 2015 - 13:58pm

From Facebook;

"It's so important to keep Welsh! I personally don't speak the language fluently but it was my parents decision and if I had a choice I would have chosen to go a Welsh school. I have relatives and friends who speak it, I'm proud to be Welsh and my family is also! I get that some Welsh families aren't patriotic and the Welsh language is something that they're not bothered about, but where I am from and as stated my family and friends ARE! Welsh and proud, Cymru am byth"

ooool2iver

ooool2iver

Rhoddwyd sylw 12 mis yn ôl - 7th May 2015 - 16:48pm

Well said random person from facebook, although I find the welsh language hard to learn it agree that it is a great part of our culture and if people are trying not to learn welsh then the language is going to die.

sean123

sean123

Rhoddwyd sylw 12 mis yn ôl - 7th May 2015 - 17:23pm

I appreciate everyone commenting about how it is going to die and all of that kind of stuff if we stop learning it but if you actually think about it, if all people who speak Welsh can speak English, then where is the use for Welsh? Some people might love the language but others like me don't like to be forced to learn something; and I really do not want to have to take it for GCSE as people in England don't have to take it. I would rather take Spanish or History. But we'll see if this changes when the next people get into power in the government. Plus Ollie, you told me that you hated Welsh and that you agreed with me in school....where has this change of heart come from?????

ooool2iver

ooool2iver

Rhoddwyd sylw 12 mis yn ôl - 7th May 2015 - 21:15pm

Just because I dislike the language doesn't mean I don't respect it plus if your saying that why do we need welsh as welsh speakers speak english, it is the same for them.

30SecondsToMadness

30SecondsToMadness

Rhoddwyd sylw 12 mis yn ôl - 7th May 2015 - 21:42pm

To be honest, the higher up you get in French the more complicated the grammar becomes; they have more tenses than I even thought existed. So you may find it easier than Welsh now, but you've probably been learning Welsh a lot longer and so you're learning it at a higher level than you are French at the moment.
I hated Welsh in high school too but the more qualifications you have the better, even if you don't personally value it that much.

sean123

sean123

Rhoddwyd sylw 12 mis yn ôl - 8th May 2015 - 13:43pm

Ooool2iver, how can you make a comment when you have just told me in school as I am writing this article now that you haven't even read my article? The title is a rhetorical question which is asking the reader the question 'Do we really need Welsh'. This is making the reader think about the question.

pranc_mynci

Rhoddwyd sylw 12 mis yn ôl - 8th May 2015 - 13:44pm

"Welsh is a language that has been around for decades".

Technically true, but try 150 decades.

I would have loved to have been able to learn Welsh at school but it only became a compulsory subject when I left comprehensive school in 1994.

If you feel so strongly about speaking Spanish as a second/third language, then why not learn it independently as you suggest people learn Welsh?

sean123

sean123

Rhoddwyd sylw 12 mis yn ôl - 9th May 2015 - 07:57am

@pranc_mynci I am learning Spanish in school next year but what I am expressing in this article is that Welsh is boring and no one in my class likes it. Although everyone is saying that it's part of our heritage I can't see the use for it in Wales; it's either everyone speaks it or no one speaks it because anyone who can speak Welsh can speak English, and when they are speaking to someone they will just use English because it's easier.

underwater

Rhoddwyd sylw 12 mis yn ôl - 11th May 2015 - 20:23pm

As a student who goes to a Welsh school I have plenty of experience with the language. For me the language does not only provide many opportunities for the individuals who speak it but for the country as a whole. Having our own language gives us - as a country - a platform to build upon,it is a chance to create a bi-lingual culture for the future generations.
As a Welsh speaker I have received multiple opportunities e.g speaking on behalf of Pride Cymru on S4C and competing in many competitions that are open to welsh speakers. For me being able to speak welsh is a chance to be part of a wider community.
Now,don't get me wrong,I can completely understand your opinion and point of view but in today's society being able to speak multiple languages fluently can provide you with a wider choice of jobs and therefore can provide the bosses/owners of these jobs a more diverse set of staff.
Not only is Welsh spoken in Wales. Whilst volunteering for a festival in England I came across several Welsh speakers and it was due to to language that we were able to bond and create a friendship. The feeling that I get whilst speaking Welsh to someone in a place I never thought there would be welsh speakers is inspiring and I hate to think that you might never get to experience this feeling.
I do not agree with how the Welsh language and literature exams are handled or written within a Welsh school as they are far harder than the English ones but that does not mean that I don't enjoy being able to speak the language.
I hope in the future that you will be able to grow to enjoy the language but,if not then that is completely fine and I will respect that.


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