“As part of the appeal for new ideas, organisations are being offered grants of up to £20,000, which would help put make the ideas suggested into action.”
Well, it’s fortunate that all is well in Wales and there are no cuts to essential services, the health service is functioning well, transport is tickety boo which means that there is loadsa dosh to try and save a dying next to useless language. Gimme strength FFS. Joined up thinking it aint.
I cannot understand why street & village names are in both Welsh & English. Surely the English could be dropped & just the Welsh used. We cope quite happily with Caergwrle, Rhosllannerchrugog, Gwersyllt, Coedpoeth etc. Why do they need to be translated? I can understand to a certain extent roadwork signage ie ‘traffic lights’ being bilingual although they should be in different colours to attract you to the language of choice.
The zealots need to stop trying to shove the Welsh language down people’s throats .The time and money spent on having forms in both English and Welsh to appease a few nationalists is a scandle.In this day and age,if someone wants a form in the Welsh language they should be able to contact the relevant body and ask for a Welsh version.This would serve two purposes,show how many people really want a Welsh version ,less weight for the postie to carry.
The best way to promote the use of the Welsh language in Wales (where a huge preponderance of people living here cannot speak the language) is to avoid alienating the majority language users.
Whilst Welsh is the historic language of Wales, the current position is radically different. If, for example, job seeking English language speakers start to clock that, where public sector jobs are concerned, there is a caste system developing, there will be a reaction.
Accordingly, I would concentrate on promoting Welsh in the Arts, developing Welsh language schools where there is demand, try to get a healthy Welsh press and Welsh social media scenario going, and so on. I would avoid, however, using the approach that many are now talking about of getting “muscular” with the language
Who knew we had so many Dic Siôn Dafydd’s living in town.
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