Have your say: Bilingualism is a brilliant skill
THERE are several regular contributors to "Have Your Say" who, to their shame, would be happy to see the complete demise of the Welsh language.
Please allow me the space to relate what happened to two acquaintances when they were called up for National Service. The first was posted to Hong Kong, he was given an intensive course in Mandarin before being stationed on the Chinese border to listen-in to military radio frequencies. The second was posted to Germany where, similarly, he was taught Russian and then eavesdropped on Russian military broadcasts.
What did the Army recognise in these men? Why did they think that they would each be able to master an extremely difficult language? What was the common denominator?
Well they were both bi-lingual, having been born and brought up in Welsh villages. The Army clearly understood that speaking two languages "from birth" gave these recruits the ability to master other languages.
As a monoglot, I deeply regret my inability with languages.
In future would those who write to your column decrying the Welsh language please let us know how many languages they speak?