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The welsh language; Cymraeg

Welsh is spoken natively in Wales (Cymru), England by some along the Welsh border. The Welsh calls it Cymraeg or y Gymraeg. Due to the increasing use of the English language the numbers of Welsh speakers had been declining for decades. About 20% of the population of Wales are Welsh speakers out of a population of about 3 million! The number of Welsh speakers throughout the rest of Britain is uncertain, but numbers are higher in the main cities and there are speakers along England's border with Wales.

The language has greatly increased its prominence since the creation of the television channel S4C in November 1982, which broadcasts exclusively in Welsh during peak viewing hours. Given the British Government's current plans to ensure that all immigrants know English, it remains to be seen if Welsh will be considered a separate case.

At present, a knowledge of either Welsh, English or Scottish Gaelic is sufficient for naturalisation purposes and it is believed that this policy will be continued in any proposed changes to the law. It is fantastic to learn welsh!

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