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  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 03:39 PM

Swansea University's Welsh Language Scheme approved

Asian Correspondent
Swansea University’s latest Welsh Language Scheme has been approved by The Welsh Language Board. The Scheme outlines how the University will ensure the Welsh language is treated equally to English, as well as steps it will take to promote and encourage the use of Welsh among students, staff, and the public.
  • Feb 16, 2012
  • 09:39 PM

Basque and Welsh: fighting to keep languages alive (video)

Owain Evans / BBC News
The Welsh language is not alone as a minority language facing a difficult future. The equivalent of £60m is spent on promoting and developing the Basque language annually, while in Wales, the Welsh Language Board spends under £14m. So how do the two languages compare?
  • Jan 12, 2012
  • 03:11 PM

Activist Simon Brooks calls for new Welsh language pressure group

David Williamson / WalesOnline
A new Welsh language pressure group is needed to meet the challenges of modern Wales, a leading academic and activist has warned. Cardiff University’s Simon Brooks argues that Cymdeithas yr Iaith remains "a leftist radical organisation with its roots in 1960s protest" and a new group is needed to lobby the Welsh Government.
  • Jan 10, 2012
  • 01:41 AM

Welsh Language Society 'radical' change in 50th year

BBC News
The chair of the Welsh Language Society - Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg - has said the group will have to change "radically" in its 50th year. Bethan Williams said protecting Welsh-speaking communities should be the focus of future campaigning. Until now, its aim had been to securing equal status for the Welsh language, alongside English.
  • Dec 27, 2011
  • 10:44 AM

Go back to where I came from? What, Newport?

Dawn Foster / The Guardian
There are a few wonderful, practical uses of Welsh: train announcements are often made in Welsh first at train stations, so platform changes usually see Welsh speakers heading for the stairs first, leaving poor English speakers jostling solemnly for seats on packed trains.
  • Dec 21, 2011
  • 05:10 PM

The Great Welsh Songwriters Strike

Gruff Rhys / Huffington Post UK
Recording and singing in the Welsh language will always be a labour of love, and not a career choice, but it seems an unnecessary burden to be penalized for doing so. And as a very fragile minority language, surely it's popular culture should be encouraged, not forced out of existence.
  • Dec 07, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

Wales 'losing 3,000 fluent Welsh speakers every year'

Martin Shipton / WalesOnline
A STATISTICIAN has warned that despite the increasing popularity of Welsh-medium education, Wales continues to lose fluent Welsh speakers at a rate of up to 3,000 a year.
  • Dec 04, 2011
  • 10:47 AM

The funniest, most bizarre and downright inept mistranslations on Wales' highways released in book

Heard the one about the badly translated shop sign which reads “wines and ghosts” in Welsh? Or the baffling bilingual road sign that warns Welsh- speaking motorists to beware of “exploding workers”? Now, some of the funniest, most bizarre and downright inept mistranslations ever to have adorned the nation’s highways have been collected together in one book.
  • Dec 02, 2011
  • 03:44 PM

Welsh Language Commissioner to start work in February

eGov monitor
The Welsh Language Commissioner will play a pivotal role in the development of a new regulatory system, based on Welsh language standards, to ensure the delivery of Welsh language services to the public. The Commissioner will also advise the Welsh Government and others on language policy and will be able to conduct inquiries into a wide range of matters relating to the Welsh language.
  • Dec 01, 2011
  • 01:35 PM

Wyn Thomas: Bangor University leads on bilingualism

Wyn Thomas / WalesOnline
Here at my own institution, Bangor University, we have been at the forefront of Welsh-medium developments in higher education for decades and continue to fully engage with this agenda. There are opportunities at Bangor to study through the medium of Welsh and English in an ever-increasing range of subjects (including music, psychology, law and environmental sciences) ...
  • Nov 24, 2011
  • 12:27 PM

Call to bring back bilingual record of Assembly meetings

Martin Shipton / WalesOnline
Members of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, the Welsh Language Society, have waged a long campaign to get the bilingual Cofnod restored, arguing that the failure to produce a record of the Assembly’s meetings in both languages will undermine Welsh, which legally has equal status with English following a law passed by AMs.
  • Aug 26, 2011
  • 12:20 PM

Tokyo lecturer's book for Japanese Welsh learners

BBC News
A passion for RS Thomas's poetry has inspired a lecturer from Tokyo to co-author a coursebook in Japanese for those wanting to learn Welsh. Yoshifumi Nagata, 41, teamed up with accomplished Welsh learner Takeshi Koike to produce the book, which has been published this summer in Japan.
  • Aug 22, 2011
  • 02:40 AM

Carmarthenshire Council accused of ‘total disregard’ for language

Rachael Misstear / WalesOnline
ITS county town lays claim to being the oldest in Wales – but its local authority has been accused of failing the Welsh language after writing its tourism website in English only.
  • Aug 17, 2011
  • 02:47 PM

A half-Welsh writer's witty journey to become a complete Cymro

James McCarthy / WalesOnline
As a child, English-born author Jasper Rees would visit Wales twice a year with his Welsh father and their family. In his new book, Bred of Heaven, he catalogues his attempts to reclaim his Welsh roots.
  • Aug 17, 2011
  • 02:00 AM

MP blasts ‘monkey language’ attack on Welsh

Martin Shipton / WalesOnline
A PLAID Cymru MP has written angrily to the Home Secretary about a book review in a national newspaper that describes Welsh as an “appalling and moribund monkey language”.
  • Aug 15, 2011
  • 07:31 PM

New Welsh language commissioner ‘must name and shame firms’

Wayne Nowaczyk / WalesOnline
CFW’s recommendations for the new commissioner role are based on its 2010 report Gwasaniaithau: Consumers and the Welsh Language, which looked at the attitudes of Welsh-speaking consumers towards public and private sector services. It found three key areas where work is needed to encourage Welsh speakers to use the services they say they want...
  • Aug 12, 2011
  • 10:44 PM

Census form Welsh row in Scotland

BBC News
The General Register Office for Scotland said that the statutory fine of £1,000 was to anyone who refused to complete the census form. "It can be filled in Urdu, Punjabi, and even Tagalog, one of the dialects of the Philippines, but not in one of the native languages of Britain," said Mr Turnbull. "I have sent the form back four times asking for a Welsh form."
  • Aug 08, 2011
  • 10:53 PM

Living the language

The Guardian
The Welsh nation is known for its deep-rooted sense of national pride, so it's hardly surprising that the Welsh language continues to form such a passionate part of its culture. Welsh is a truly living language in every sense of the word.
  • Aug 06, 2011
  • 12:28 PM

Welsh fluency among primary school pupils ‘same as 1986’ - claim

Tom Bodden / Daily Post North Wales
THE number of primary school pupils who speak Welsh fluently is virtually unchanged after 23 years, according to the schools census. The most recent Welsh government figures for 2009/10 show 14,684 pupils aged five or over spoke Welsh fluently at home, or 7.6%. That compared with 14,760 (7.2%) in 1986-87.
  • Aug 05, 2011
  • 12:43 PM

Call to fight for sustainable Welsh-speaking communities

Sion Morgan / WalesOnline
Welsh language campaign group Cymdeithas yr Iaith – aiming to outline a plan to safeguard the use of Welsh in all aspects of modern society – launched Siarter Tynged yr Iaith 2 at the National Eisteddfod.
  • Aug 05, 2011
  • 01:14 AM

Lewis Welshman vows to go to jail in Census form protest

The Press and Journal
An advocate of the Welsh language living on a Scottish island has vowed to go to jail rather than fill in his Census form in English. Iain Turnbull, who is furious that he can get the forms in many foreign languages, but not an indigenous British one, faces a £1,000 fine, but insists he will not pay.
  • Aug 04, 2011
  • 11:06 PM

Police officers win Welsh language prizes

News Wales
Two North Wales Police officers have been recognised on the Maes at the National Eisteddfod, for promoting the Welsh language within the force.
  • Aug 01, 2011
  • 11:14 AM

Strategy to boost use of welsh in everyday life

Martin Shipton / WalesOnline
“It has always been my opinion, and the opinion of the wider Labour movement in Wales, that legislation may give you a framework, but it will not be what saves and develops the language – because you cannot legislate to make a mother speak Welsh to her children at home in Brynaman. This can only be encouraged, and nurtured.
  • Jul 28, 2011
  • 10:03 PM

70-mile bike ride in aid of Welsh language

Caernarfon Herald
A COUPLE of language activists will cycle over 70 miles to the National Eisteddfod in Wrexham to highlight the struggle faced by Welsh communities. Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (The Welsh Language Society) members Robin Crag and Kali Stuart will cycle from their home in Nebo near Penygroes next Monday over to the Eisteddfod Maes for a meeting to discuss the future of Welsh as a community language.
  • Jul 27, 2011
  • 01:54 PM

Leighton Andrews explains the role of the Welsh Language Commissioner

Leighton Andrews / WalesOnline
With the post of the first-ever Welsh Language Commissioner having been advertised, Minister for Education and Skills Leighton Andrews explains why the role will be critical to delivering the Welsh Government’s vision of a thriving and vibrant Welsh language
  • Jul 26, 2011
  • 11:19 AM

iTrent Enables Powys County Council to Launch First Integrated Welsh Language Recruitment System

Newswire Today
Powys County Council is the first Welsh authority to implement a Welsh language recruitment system that is completely integrated with its HR and payroll system. Applicants can search the council’s website for job openings, read supporting recruitment information, and apply for roles – all online and in their first language.
  • Jul 23, 2011
  • 03:14 PM

Welsh Government wants 30% of 7-yr-olds in Welsh-medium schools by 2020

Tom Bodden / Daily Post North Wales
Just under 22% of seven year olds across Wales are now taught through the medium of Welsh with the target of 25% by 2015 and 30% by 2020. Yet there is a huge variation across counties in North Wales with 100% of seven year old taught in Welsh in Gwynedd, 70% on Anglesey, and around 25% in Conwy and Denbighshire.
  • Jul 18, 2011
  • 02:03 PM

Kairdiff-speak could be a ‘dairk’ horse in the history of Welsh language

Martin Shipton / WalesOnline
THE distinctive “Kairdiff” accent spoken by English speakers who are natives of the capital city is directly descended from an old Welsh dialect, according to a TV programme. The old dialect of the South Wales Valleys and the new Welsh dialect emerging in Cardiff will be the focal points of the S4C series Ar Lafar on Monday evening.
  • Jul 17, 2011
  • 01:19 AM

Language centre plan for campus

South Wales Evening Post
WELSH language campaigners have backed council plans for a dedicated language centre at Felinfach as part of a shake-up in provision for late-comers.
  • Jul 14, 2011
  • 08:38 PM

Parents’ group fears for Welsh medium education

Helen Davies / The Leader - Wrexham & Flintshire news
A PRESSURE group has been formed by worried parents fighting to save Welsh language teaching in Flintshire. Of the five Welsh medium schools in Flintshire, two are already subject to an ongoing consultation and the group is now fearful for the long-term future of the remaining three.