I am very proud to say I have lived in Wales all my life and also very glad my parents decided to send me to both a fluent primary and secondary school. This made it easier for me to learn such a complex language as I was growing up. I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many people tell me they wish they spoke Welsh and I really do understand how hard it is to learn from scratch.
Having a very strong Welsh accent means I often get mocked jokingly by friends, and also get laughed at by family members as I talk at 100 miles an hour when I’m excited. There’s also the joys of Six Nations rugby days when Wales are playing and I put on my Welsh rugby top and sing the Welsh National anthem at the top of my voice.
Hen Wlad fy Nhadau
(Land of my Fathers)
The Welsh National Anthem
Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion enwogion o fri
Ei gwrol ryfelwr, gwlad garwyr tra mad
Tros ryddid collasant eu gwaed.
Pleidiol wyf i’m gwlad,
Tra môr yn fur i’r bur hoff bau
O bydded i’r hen iaith barhau
Land of my Fathers, O land of the free,
A land of poets and minstrels, famed men.
Her brave warriors, patriots much blessed,
It was for freedom that they lost their blood.
I am devoted to my country.
So long as the sea is a wall to this fair beautiful land,
May the ancient language remain.
A close friend of mine who I met at the start of my course has always joked that I will become ‘the face of Wales.’ Everytime I made a comment with any hint of negativity he would joke ‘as if the face of Wales could do anything wrong.’ I celebrated my 24th birthday on the weekend and couldn’t wait for my card he told me he ‘was working on.’ After 3 days I couldn’t help thinking he was lying when he said ‘it’s in the house,’ but today when I finally got it…I decided it was worth the wait.