https://www.duolingo.com/geotho80

How Valuable will the ability to speak welsh be in Wales?

I know that everyone in Wales speaks fluent English.

2 years ago

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It depends what part of Wales you are in. The further away from England you are the more people speak it. So especially in the West (and the North more than the South) it has greater importance. Also if you are applying for a job and can speak Welsh that could be important.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ibisc
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Well, not quite accurate! Every adult in Wales will be pretty fluent in English, but not all are completely confident in it if they do not use it regularly. Not all young children speak it, either - they may have no need to.

In Monmouthshire, in south-east Wales, about 10% of the overall population can speak Welsh, but about 40% of children can use Welsh to some extent - the challenge is to encourage them to keep it up. In parts of west and north-west Wales, 80% or more of people will speak Welsh. In the Mochyn Du pub in Cardiff it will be pretty close to 100%!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JonBaggins

Yes in the Mochyn Du (Black Pig) pub in Cardiff you will get turned away if you do not ask for a pint in Welsh =P

2 years ago

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Not actually true, thank heavens!

2 years ago

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Most people in the larger population area's will be able to speak English, but in the remoter villages there will be plenty of Welsh speakers. Also Welsh is the primary language used on all street and road signs, and I believe that all teachers in Welsh schools must be able to speak Welsh.

2 years ago

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Very informative answers here, gives definitely motivation to learn more of Welsh

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rmcode
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Many young children from first language families have very limited English, so it's important for health professionals, nursery workers and teachers.

Many older people need medical and nursing care in their first language, they may even have forgotten much of the English linguistic skills.

In the public sector of the economy, especially local government Welsh skills are seen as something that is advantageous for its employees because of the demand for Welsh language services and also the pressure from the Welsh government to meet basic standards.

There is a shortage of Welsh speaking staff in all areas of education, especially in the expanding Welsh medium schools movement.

In addition for the experienced learner there is access to a rich Welsh language culture.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arthfoel

Picking up on the teacher part. There is talk of all children in Wales being offered trilingual primary education in the future, so if this takes off there could be a possible shortage of teachers who can comfortably teach the third language required in a Welsh medium school environment, where all other activities are conducted in Welsh.

2 years ago

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Trilingual education? Where is the talk taking place? Could you link some?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arthfoel

It is still early days and lots of talking and no concrete policies etc. The stance of the Welsh Givernment a couple of years ago was for "bilingual plus one", while the third party in Wales - the Conservative party was promoting "trilingual", as was Cymdeithas yr Iaith. It is on the political agenda, but may take some time for anything to follow through. Certainly many other countries are way ahead of us in Wales here, but in some countries like England the notion of bilingual education would still seem a bit strange.

http://gov.wales/newsroom/educationandskills/2015/10351415/?lang=en https://www.welshconservatives.com/news/movement-inspire-love-language http://www.iwa.wales/click/2015/01/welsh-medium-education-for-all-or-just-for-the-lucky-ones/ http://castleschoolprep.co.uk/trilingual-education/

It sounds like a great thing to do in my eyes and the Scaninavian countries and many other European countries (also perhaps many countries around the world like China) seem to have no problem with this and view it very positively.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/geotho80

Thank you very much, very informative.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChangJeremy

it will be very useful in some cases say for example if you get lost in wales and the only people you see can only speak welsh.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/geotho80

Ngl Remy that was a rubbish answer

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Connacht2015

I visted Caernarfon in north Wales once and I heard Welsh everywhere by all age groups.

2 years ago
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