Monday, July 20, 2009
they still speak welsh
In parts of Wales, they still speak Welsh, a Celtic language. Welsh is spoken daily by roughly 20% of the Welsh population, slightly more than a half a million individuals in mainly the north and west of the country.English is also spoken as a secondary language.
The Welsh Language Act 1993 gives Welsh equal status with English in the public sector in Wales. The BBC has a daily radio program in Welsh, as well as its own website, BBC - Cymru. Public libraries encourage the reading of Welsh language books and periodicals.
It has to be difficult keeping this ancient language alive. English is spoken in almost all daily commercial transactions, and the influx of English tourists make English a necessary conversational tool. Still, the language manages to hold its own against the incursion of English.