I'm afraid that my reference to there being more Welsh speakers than miners
is more of a reflection on the sad state of the coal industry rather than
the feats of your tutor. However, it isn't all doom and gloom. There are
Welsh medium schools in all areas now, including the most Anglicized parts.
The language is to be seen, if not heard, everywhere and even the new Welsh
Assembly Government building has been named the Senedd!
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[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of vickicohen.shaw
Sent: 30 March 2006 13:34
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Subject: Re: Tom Jones
Well thank you very much for this information, Stefan. As to why there are
more Welsh speakers in the south of Wales now, maybe my tutor and his
organization -ACEN - have something to do with it! Just joking, but
seriously, tho, he does travel all over Wales, south to north, east to west,
and teaches in schools and in the workplace as there is more and more demand
for it. It's a good thing, but not for me because he is too busy to keep up
his lessons with this woman across the pond :(
>From: Steffan Ellis <[log in to unmask]>
>Date: Thu Mar 30 05:21:47 CST 2006
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: Tom Jones
>Not all miners from the South speak, or spoke, Welsh. In fact, the Welsh
>speaking miner was very much in the minority in the Pontypridd area. In the
>Neath and Afan valleys where Richard Burton was born there was a larger
>percentage of Welsh speakers, partly due to a slightly smaller overall
>population. Today there are very few Welsh speaking miners; however, this
>also down to the fact that in Southern Wales there is only one deep coal
>mine. South Wales definitely has more Welsh speakers than miners now.
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