@carolthomas – yes, that’s a pretty good translation, perhaps not exactly what I’d have written if I were writing in English myself but it captures the sense nicely.
Generally speaking I find that Google Translate does a reasonable job in either direction (Welsh -> English or English -> Welsh); it’s not perfect, but machine translation won’t be perfect in any language for a while yet, and it’s certainly good enough to be helpful.
In signage, I have a feeling that most errors are due to sloppy signwriters rather than poor translators, though I sometimes see errors in Welsh on signposts which look like the results of someone misreading someone else’s handwriting: “cl” mistaken for “d” and that sort of thing.
@jimbow – Welsh has been the majority language in Wrexham for most of recorded history; using that as an argument for adopting English-only signage at a time when English has the upper hand sounds a bit like trying to change the rules of the game halfway through.
Wrexham is a Welsh town, and if a single language were to be adopted then it should be Welsh.
EosPengwern— As you say Welsh has been the majority language, but as you say it no longer is.
In these times of austerity you have to spend wisely. It is not a question of changing the rules halfway through. Maybe when under Plaid Cymru times improve, you can have everybody speaking Welsh and you will be happy.
Let’s cater for the majority not the minority. Money is tight use it wisely.
Why not take this opportunity to produce signage for the growing number of Urdu and Punjabi speakers in the region? With the British set to be a minority in their own country by 2060 according to most demographic projections, it’ll have to be done sooner or later.
Let’s take the lead now and demonstrate that Wrexham is a progressive and inclusive multicultural town.
Don’t forget to include the Turks who run tea shops, kebab joints, chippies, minimarkets etc in the region.
Oh, just a minute though ! Most of them have already made the effort to learn to read, write and speak English !
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