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A question to all the Mumsnetters who are WELSH........

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RTKangaMummy Sat 02-Jul-05 18:24:21

When you are driving and see the writing on the ground in english and welsh

which do you read?

I have just come back from a week in wales and have been wondering it as driving around











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RTKangaMummy Sat 02-Jul-05 18:24:49

Or any of the road signs actually






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happymerryberries Sat 02-Jul-05 18:27:06

English, but then I am english speaking welsh. Always like to read the Welsh ones though and translate them as best I can. Helps to pass the hours!

My dad once said, 'Oh I didn't know that beach had a name, Traeth (sp?).' And that is the Welsh for beach!

RTKangaMummy Sat 02-Jul-05 18:29:03

@ beach

Did you have lessons in welsh?

A waitress at hotel was saying her music exam was in welsh

HappyHuggy Sat 02-Jul-05 18:30:08

i think Arf means slow on a road..... i hope

sallystrawberry Sat 02-Jul-05 18:32:15

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happymerryberries Sat 02-Jul-05 18:33:44

I had Welsh lessons in school, a bit 'higher' than french lessons IYSWIM, but I am dreadful at languages to my great shame. My mum spoke welsh, but dad didn't so we were brought up in english. But real welsh speakers will go to school and have the lot taught in Welsh. Biolegy, chemistry etc all in Welsh. And they will do Welsh Language and literature like we did english lang and lit

happymerryberries Sat 02-Jul-05 18:34:47

The one that makes me laugh is when you see a sign in Enland 'Slow Plant Crossing' cos 'plant' is 'Child' in welsh

jac34 Sat 02-Jul-05 18:35:26

Welsh lessons are compulsory in all schools in Wales.You can usually drop it when you chose options for GCSE's.

RTKangaMummy Sat 02-Jul-05 18:35:43

Yes that is what I meant about the waitress all her lessons were in welsh

Maths, History, music etc etc

spacecadet Sat 02-Jul-05 18:44:20

i am welsh, but now live in cambs, at my school welsh was compulsory even after taking options, you could not drop it, it was compulsory with english and maths. i usually read the signs in welsh to english speaking dh- and then y translate!

spacecadet Sat 02-Jul-05 18:45:09

at my primary school, every lesson apart from english obviously!! was in welsh.

RTKangaMummy Sat 02-Jul-05 18:45:17

So really as you already know what both mean you just don't notice it

RTKangaMummy Sat 02-Jul-05 18:46:49

XXXXXXXX posts SC so you do note them in welsh

spacecadet Sat 02-Jul-05 18:48:30

well the welsh always come first, so i just read the welsh bit.

RTKangaMummy Sat 02-Jul-05 18:53:23

right I see what you mean

spacecadet Sat 02-Jul-05 18:54:50

dont get time to read the english bit, usually going to fast! oppss, shouldnt have said that.

RTKangaMummy Sat 02-Jul-05 18:55:17

lol

spacecadet Sat 02-Jul-05 18:55:33

arafwch nawr is for my benefit i think!!!!!!!

happymerryberries Sat 02-Jul-05 18:57:36



I think??

spacecadet Sat 02-Jul-05 18:59:52

am i being told off, i never exceed the speed limit, honest especially in 20/30/40 limits[please believe me emoticon]

Hausfrau Sat 02-Jul-05 19:01:39

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PeachyClair Sat 02-Jul-05 19:39:27

Just moved to Wales, kids (4 , and 5) already learning at school / nursery, and 2 year old will learn it at playschool in the Autumn. I am glad as I hopr they will stay in Wales (I would hate to leave), but wish there was more back up for me to help them: I know pont and bara so far!

Pixiefish Sat 02-Jul-05 19:42:37

Don't think about it- WEelsh I spose.

BTW
Welsh IS compulsory in schools- the only way you can be exempt from taking an exam is if you join the school a set time before the exam (don't know what it is but something like 1 year). Even if you're not sitting an exam you still have to follow a second language course (unless you're in a private school which doesn't have the same curriculum requirements)

RTKangaMummy Sat 02-Jul-05 19:45:30

So when you are on mumsnet do you think in welsh and then translate or just go straight in as english?

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