English is our main tongue
MY ancestors are Welsh, born and bred. My great-grandparents' first language was Welsh, my grandparents were bilingual, my parents were only English-speaking. Several correspondents quote the prohibition of the use of the Welsh language as the root cause of the decreased use of the language.
In my case, there was no government dictate in place to prevent the speaking of Welsh and I assume my parents made their choice not to teach me Welsh for whatever reason.
I feel as Welsh as anyone including those who are bilingual.
Maybe the historical decline in the speaking of Welsh is as much due to parental choice and the closure of the Welsh chapels — I wonder how many Welsh speakers are now regular chapel-goers?
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It is good to see the language is surviving, but it's clear that the common language of Wales is English and that Welsh is only ever going to be the second language.