Blaenavon learner backs Welsh

South Wales Argus: AVID PUPIL: Catherine Mendez moved to Wales from Sunderland in 2008 and has been taking lessons with the organisation Welsh for Adults for five years. (Photo by Patrick Olner) AVID PUPIL: Catherine Mendez moved to Wales from Sunderland in 2008 and has been taking lessons with the organisation Welsh for Adults for five years. (Photo by Patrick Olner)

A MECHANICAL engineer is lending her support to a Welsh Government drive to encourage more adults to take up Welsh lessons.

Catherine Mendez, 45, from Blaenavon, moved to Wales from Sunderland in 2008 and has been taking lessons with Welsh for Adults for five years.

Now she lives life bilingually and hopes to encourage others to learn the language, be they complete beginners or already proficient.

“I feel like a different culture has been available to me,” she said. “Learning the language of my new home has opened the door to the Welsh culture and I have found a new group of friends with whom I can practice my new language skills.”

Ms Mendez, an engineer at Newport-based Zodiac Aerospace, has been treasurer of Menter Iaith Casnewydd for three years, an organisation promoting community Welsh in Newport, and leads an informal bird walk at Newport Wetlands.

“I used to live in Germany and while there I picked up on some German words,” she said. “I believe languages are important to the culture of the country and the Welsh language certainly gives Wales its uniqueness. It would be a shame to lose that part of the heritage.”

Welsh for Adults centres can be found across Wales and offer courses to suit students from entry level stage right through to proficiency.

Minister for education and skills Huw Lewis said: “There is always a reason to learn Welsh, from learning a new skill, hoping to progress in the workplace, conversing with family or wanting to meet new friends.

“The Welsh Government has devised a strategy to make the Welsh language sustainable, but we can only succeed if we all take responsibility and use the language at every opportunity.”

For details, go to welshforadults.org or learn welsh.coleggwent.ac.uk

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11:27am Mon 30 Dec 13

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Unless the Argus is a part of the agenda to force fictional and long forotten Welshness on South Wales, then we should really be seeing pieces offering opposing points for a bit of balance, wouldn't you say? I'm getting a little tired of only ever reading the opposing viewpoints in the comments, and never in the articles.
Unless the Argus is a part of the agenda to force fictional and long forotten Welshness on South Wales, then we should really be seeing pieces offering opposing points for a bit of balance, wouldn't you say? I'm getting a little tired of only ever reading the opposing viewpoints in the comments, and never in the articles. GardenVarietyMushroom

2:10pm Mon 30 Dec 13

SionedGoch says...

What bit of balance would be required here? A neighbour of this woman saying that she's wasting her time, maybe? A bloke a few doors down from her who failed to learn the language after 5 years of classes? Give us some constructive ideas Mushroom guy.
What bit of balance would be required here? A neighbour of this woman saying that she's wasting her time, maybe? A bloke a few doors down from her who failed to learn the language after 5 years of classes? Give us some constructive ideas Mushroom guy. SionedGoch

2:30pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Llanmartinangel says...

SionedGoch wrote:
What bit of balance would be required here? A neighbour of this woman saying that she's wasting her time, maybe? A bloke a few doors down from her who failed to learn the language after 5 years of classes? Give us some constructive ideas Mushroom guy.
How much it costs for a start. The amount the Assembly spend annually on this bull manure could wipe out the deficit of every NHS trust in Wales. Yet we get this fawning editorial drivel as though she's found the cure for cancer. She can hold a conversation in Ceredigion and that's all.
[quote][p][bold]SionedGoch[/bold] wrote: What bit of balance would be required here? A neighbour of this woman saying that she's wasting her time, maybe? A bloke a few doors down from her who failed to learn the language after 5 years of classes? Give us some constructive ideas Mushroom guy.[/p][/quote]How much it costs for a start. The amount the Assembly spend annually on this bull manure could wipe out the deficit of every NHS trust in Wales. Yet we get this fawning editorial drivel as though she's found the cure for cancer. She can hold a conversation in Ceredigion and that's all. Llanmartinangel

2:45pm Mon 30 Dec 13

SionedGoch says...

Funny guy. I could hold a conversation in Welsh on Caerleon Road in Newport of all places. There was a student working in Alonzi's chippy that spoke it. Someone in one of the many pharmacies there speaks it. I've bumped into friends along there who speak Welsh to me.

Just because you don't speak it you think it doesn't exist.
Funny guy. I could hold a conversation in Welsh on Caerleon Road in Newport of all places. There was a student working in Alonzi's chippy that spoke it. Someone in one of the many pharmacies there speaks it. I've bumped into friends along there who speak Welsh to me. Just because you don't speak it you think it doesn't exist. SionedGoch

2:53pm Mon 30 Dec 13

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

SionedGoch wrote:
What bit of balance would be required here? A neighbour of this woman saying that she's wasting her time, maybe? A bloke a few doors down from her who failed to learn the language after 5 years of classes? Give us some constructive ideas Mushroom guy.
How about an article or two that represents the majority view that it's an obsolete language, that only survives because large amounts of our taxes are poured into it, when they're obviously needed elsewhere.

Come on Argus - once again, a bit of balance please.
[quote][p][bold]SionedGoch[/bold] wrote: What bit of balance would be required here? A neighbour of this woman saying that she's wasting her time, maybe? A bloke a few doors down from her who failed to learn the language after 5 years of classes? Give us some constructive ideas Mushroom guy.[/p][/quote]How about an article or two that represents the majority view that it's an obsolete language, that only survives because large amounts of our taxes are poured into it, when they're obviously needed elsewhere. Come on Argus - once again, a bit of balance please. GardenVarietyMushroom

3:04pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Llanmartinangel says...

SionedGoch wrote:
Funny guy. I could hold a conversation in Welsh on Caerleon Road in Newport of all places. There was a student working in Alonzi's chippy that spoke it. Someone in one of the many pharmacies there speaks it. I've bumped into friends along there who speak Welsh to me.

Just because you don't speak it you think it doesn't exist.
I note that, as with all you language obsessives, the cost never enters into it.
[quote][p][bold]SionedGoch[/bold] wrote: Funny guy. I could hold a conversation in Welsh on Caerleon Road in Newport of all places. There was a student working in Alonzi's chippy that spoke it. Someone in one of the many pharmacies there speaks it. I've bumped into friends along there who speak Welsh to me. Just because you don't speak it you think it doesn't exist.[/p][/quote]I note that, as with all you language obsessives, the cost never enters into it. Llanmartinangel

6:48pm Mon 30 Dec 13

wales1234 says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
SionedGoch wrote:
What bit of balance would be required here? A neighbour of this woman saying that she's wasting her time, maybe? A bloke a few doors down from her who failed to learn the language after 5 years of classes? Give us some constructive ideas Mushroom guy.
How much it costs for a start. The amount the Assembly spend annually on this bull manure could wipe out the deficit of every NHS trust in Wales. Yet we get this fawning editorial drivel as though she's found the cure for cancer. She can hold a conversation in Ceredigion and that's all.
Welsh for adults classes are not free the learners pay.
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SionedGoch[/bold] wrote: What bit of balance would be required here? A neighbour of this woman saying that she's wasting her time, maybe? A bloke a few doors down from her who failed to learn the language after 5 years of classes? Give us some constructive ideas Mushroom guy.[/p][/quote]How much it costs for a start. The amount the Assembly spend annually on this bull manure could wipe out the deficit of every NHS trust in Wales. Yet we get this fawning editorial drivel as though she's found the cure for cancer. She can hold a conversation in Ceredigion and that's all.[/p][/quote]Welsh for adults classes are not free the learners pay. wales1234

7:58pm Mon 30 Dec 13

varteg1 says...

wales1234 wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
SionedGoch wrote:
What bit of balance would be required here? A neighbour of this woman saying that she's wasting her time, maybe? A bloke a few doors down from her who failed to learn the language after 5 years of classes? Give us some constructive ideas Mushroom guy.
How much it costs for a start. The amount the Assembly spend annually on this bull manure could wipe out the deficit of every NHS trust in Wales. Yet we get this fawning editorial drivel as though she's found the cure for cancer. She can hold a conversation in Ceredigion and that's all.
Welsh for adults classes are not free the learners pay.
Not free? maybe so, but the structural establishment behind it all; is far from free.

Take a look at the amounts of cash thrown at S4C, some 1.3 billions over the last decade, Most of which was sucked into Wales from across the whole of Britain, and which now has been taken on board, as an extra cost burden to the taxpayer via the licence paid by ALL.

No it's not free, especially to almost 65 millions who do not, will never, and who couldn't, be bothered if Cymraeg simple drifts off into that last goodnight of nothingness but the archives of the history of Wales.
[quote][p][bold]wales1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SionedGoch[/bold] wrote: What bit of balance would be required here? A neighbour of this woman saying that she's wasting her time, maybe? A bloke a few doors down from her who failed to learn the language after 5 years of classes? Give us some constructive ideas Mushroom guy.[/p][/quote]How much it costs for a start. The amount the Assembly spend annually on this bull manure could wipe out the deficit of every NHS trust in Wales. Yet we get this fawning editorial drivel as though she's found the cure for cancer. She can hold a conversation in Ceredigion and that's all.[/p][/quote]Welsh for adults classes are not free the learners pay.[/p][/quote]Not free? maybe so, but the structural establishment behind it all; is far from free. Take a look at the amounts of cash thrown at S4C, some 1.3 billions over the last decade, Most of which was sucked into Wales from across the whole of Britain, and which now has been taken on board, as an extra cost burden to the taxpayer via the licence paid by ALL. No it's not free, especially to almost 65 millions who do not, will never, and who couldn't, be bothered if Cymraeg simple drifts off into that last goodnight of nothingness but the archives of the history of Wales. varteg1

8:16pm Mon 30 Dec 13

varteg1 says...

regarding the 'culture' Mendez mentions. one can only ask WHAT CULTURE?

The culture of imported stuff, especially over the last century as the entertainment industry has brought Americanisms to Wales.

Before digital TV saw most erecting satellite dishes pointed Sky and skywards, most aerials pointed to the east to receive transmissions from our largest neighbour, OK, so a few caught a small number of Cymraeg programmes, but not enough to justify the excessive amounts of money being gifted to that station. Even then most of the programming was modern, Pobl Y Cwm is hardly 'cultural' certainly not enough to call it academically cultural, few such transmissions can really be called Welsh considering their content, the only thing setting them apart being they are transmitted in a different language.
Then again much of the language used on S4C has to contain modified English (that is that **** language which itself contains hundreds of thousands of imported words) So in fc at what is the 'culture so cavalierly talked about ? there is no real evidence of it on the streets of Wales, and what even then is claimed as 'culture is almost certainly invented stuff coming from the 19th century via members of elitist associations, that made deliberate efforts to 'create' a Welsh culture. It certainly did not come from the Wales of the past.,
Unlike Esperanto that apparently had some high degree of support, but in realty has never stood much chance of succeeding, Cymraeg has been taken over by a government establishment and provided with the cushion of tax funding.

That may guarantee it being pushed, but it carries no guarantee of success, no more than Esperanto .
regarding the 'culture' Mendez mentions. one can only ask WHAT CULTURE? The culture of imported stuff, especially over the last century as the entertainment industry has brought Americanisms to Wales. Before digital TV saw most erecting satellite dishes pointed Sky and skywards, most aerials pointed to the east to receive transmissions from our largest neighbour, OK, so a few caught a small number of Cymraeg programmes, but not enough to justify the excessive amounts of money being gifted to that station. Even then most of the programming was modern, Pobl Y Cwm is hardly 'cultural' certainly not enough to call it academically cultural, few such transmissions can really be called Welsh considering their content, the only thing setting them apart being they are transmitted in a different language. Then again much of the language used on S4C has to contain modified English (that is that **** language which itself contains hundreds of thousands of imported words) So in fc at what is the 'culture so cavalierly talked about ? there is no real evidence of it on the streets of Wales, and what even then is claimed as 'culture is almost certainly invented stuff coming from the 19th century via members of elitist associations, that made deliberate efforts to 'create' a Welsh culture. It certainly did not come from the Wales of the past., Unlike Esperanto that apparently had some high degree of support, but in realty has never stood much chance of succeeding, Cymraeg has been taken over by a government establishment and provided with the cushion of tax funding. That may guarantee it being pushed, but it carries no guarantee of success, no more than Esperanto . varteg1

8:26pm Mon 30 Dec 13

varteg1 says...

Excuse your self the ignorance Argus


It is essential you do something about your spell check facility....

when I write, using a normal ENGLISH and non derogatory, nor expletive,or swear word, such as B A S T A R D, it is used correctly without the intonation placed upon it by your controls.

It is a word meaning, as you seem to misunderstand, something not pure per se, it does NOT mean illegitimate when used in correct context, as was the case in my, previous message.

Had I used the word to castigate or insult someone, you have a case for censorship, otherwise, get your priorities right and stop curtailing the correct usage of standard English words.

Or is your control under the thumb of some Cymro?
Excuse your self the ignorance Argus It is essential you do something about your spell check facility.... when I write, using a normal ENGLISH and non derogatory, nor expletive,or swear word, such as B A S T A R D, it is used correctly without the intonation placed upon it by your controls. It is a word meaning, as you seem to misunderstand, something not pure per se, it does NOT mean illegitimate when used in correct context, as was the case in my, previous message. Had I used the word to castigate or insult someone, you have a case for censorship, otherwise, get your priorities right and stop curtailing the correct usage of standard English words. Or is your control under the thumb of some Cymro? varteg1

5:30pm Tue 31 Dec 13

varteg1 says...

varteg1 wrote:
Excuse your self the ignorance Argus


It is essential you do something about your spell check facility....

when I write, using a normal ENGLISH and non derogatory, nor expletive,or swear word, such as B A S T A R D, it is used correctly without the intonation placed upon it by your controls.

It is a word meaning, as you seem to misunderstand, something not pure per se, it does NOT mean illegitimate when used in correct context, as was the case in my, previous message.

Had I used the word to castigate or insult someone, you have a case for censorship, otherwise, get your priorities right and stop curtailing the correct usage of standard English words.

Or is your control under the thumb of some Cymro?
It seems someone supports the idiotic 'word minding' program being used.

Maybe that person would care to explain his/her reason for the thumbs down vote.

If capable, in plain English, but be careful you don't use any words of an ambiguous nature in case they get blanked, in effect, thereby destroying the sense in your comment
[quote][p][bold]varteg1[/bold] wrote: Excuse your self the ignorance Argus It is essential you do something about your spell check facility.... when I write, using a normal ENGLISH and non derogatory, nor expletive,or swear word, such as B A S T A R D, it is used correctly without the intonation placed upon it by your controls. It is a word meaning, as you seem to misunderstand, something not pure per se, it does NOT mean illegitimate when used in correct context, as was the case in my, previous message. Had I used the word to castigate or insult someone, you have a case for censorship, otherwise, get your priorities right and stop curtailing the correct usage of standard English words. Or is your control under the thumb of some Cymro?[/p][/quote]It seems someone supports the idiotic 'word minding' program being used. Maybe that person would care to explain his/her reason for the thumbs down vote. If capable, in plain English, but be careful you don't use any words of an ambiguous nature in case they get blanked, in effect, thereby destroying the sense in your comment varteg1

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