Have Your Say: Language and its use is dying
MIKE Stroud (Have Your Say, Sept 3) needs to remember that Welsh is now a dying language, with fewer speaking it each year.
A very good friend of mine had a Cambridge degree in German, and spent most of the Second World War interrogating captured German prisoners. But, when in his 60s working as a mathematics teacher, he admitted to me that all his knowledge of the German language had completely gone, simply because he had not been using it since the war had ended.
A comprehensive school Welsh language teacher told me that more than 75 per cent of her Welsh classes would not be fluent in Welsh when they left that school.
More important than bilingualism is the need for Welsh to be removed from the school curriculum as a compulsory subject so that pupils can stop wasting their time on this subject. For Mr Stroud's information I too was bilingual once (Italian and English), but non-use has meant that Italian has now gone.