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May 19, 2016

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Paul Flynn

tHE FIGHT IS sWANSEA WAS EVEN TOUGHER THAN THE ONE IN nEWPORT.

Paul Flynn

pbhj. You really have a very narrow view of language. I am immensely grateful that I was taught Welsh as a second language. It's a lifelong treasure that keeps giving. It's matter of pride that the people of Wales have maintained Welsh as a vibrant, living language through the years when all its speaker also spoke English. All who learn a second, third or fourth language have lives that are stimulated intellectually and culturally enriched.

Paul Flynn

Thanks Huw. My son James was one of the first eight pupils in the unit in 1971 that grew into Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd. There is a great sense of satisfaction in the results of the enthusiasm of a few dozen parents. A secondary school has been a long time coming. Every step of the way has had its obstacles. Greatly admire the work of the present generation of parents.

pbhj

It really troubles me that Cymraeg is treated as the most important subject in primary schools - that every lesson has to have Cymraeg.

What good will children being able to say "bore da" be to them as adults - Welsh people speak the modern language of Wales almost exclusively, the only problem appears to be that it's called "English".

You cling on to your "/yr hen iaith/" as is your right but please give the rest of us the chance to move on without the encumberance of a language that even fluent speakers - according to the Welsh Language Commissioner's stats - choose not to speak at home.

Choosing Wales' modern language ('English') over the old one is no more being "denied access to the Welsh heritage" than being taught that same language ('English') elsewhere in Britain - instead of Chaucer's Old English, say - is being denied access to other parts of British heritage.

Paul Flynn

Thanks. It's sad that the post-war generation was denied access to the Welsh heritage. How things have changed.

W Huw Davies

Paul,
An excellent and encouraging article full of hope. I also remember my father and others fighting during the sixtees for a Welsh medium secondary school in Swansea Valley - I was one of the first puipls to go to that school which opened in 69 at Ystalyfera.
I wish Ysgol Gyfun Gwent every success

Cofion,
Huw

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