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Carol Vorderman gives social media followers impromptu Welsh language lesson

01 Sep 2021 2 minute read
Carol Voderman paddleboarding in Wales. Picture from her Instagram @carolvorders

Carol Vorderman has given her social media followers an impromptu lesson in the Welsh language.

The former Countdown star, 60, shared the lesson after she stumbled across a gate with an inscription in Welsh on it.

She has been keeping her followers updated on her adventures during a paddleboarding summer holiday in Wales.

In her Instagram post, she said: “Little Welsh lesson. A gate which someone has dedicated to their TAID (Pronounced TIDE) which is Welsh for grandfather.”

The TV personality, who is originally from Prestatyn, documented her beach BBQ which she enjoyed alongside a handful of her friends after they spent the day paddleboarding and sightseeing in the beautiful Welsh countryside.

Vorderman has been learning the Welsh language on the S4C programme Iaith ar Daith (Language on Tour).

She spent the tour in the north of Wales with Welsh-speaking BBC weather presenter Owain Wyn Evans.

At the time, she told North Wales Live, told us: “I come home quite frequently but this time was different as I had to speak in Welsh all the time.

“It’s strange as it really gave me a different view of home, I suppose as it’s quite nerve-wracking.”

‘Huge growth’ 

She added: “Almost all of the parents are English speakers but they choose to send their children to a Welsh speaking school as the language is now having a huge growth.

“If I was a parent of young children in Wales now, I would absolutely send my children to a Welsh language primary school.”

She also resurgence of the Welsh language in recent years was “beautiful”.

She explained: “When I grew up in the 1960s and the 1970s there was, rightfully, a lot of anger surrounding how the Welsh language had been purposefully almost obliterated by the use of the Welsh not in schools, and the treatment of it as though it didn’t matter by the powers that be.

“Thankfully, the Welsh nationalists would not give in, and now the language is having the biggest resurgence, and it’s a beautiful thing to witness.

“I have fallen in love with my country in a way I didn’t know was possible, and the language has a great part to play in that.”

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William-Glyn THOMAS
William-Glyn THOMAS
2 years ago

I’m pleased to hear that Carol is a fan of the Welsh language. Please point out to her that it is CONWY and not Conway as she has iterated.

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
2 years ago

I remember when she was telling people to vote AGAINST voting for law making powers in our last referendum. Has her opinion changed or is she still a britnat lickspittle?

2 years ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

I think she’s seen the light. And she was by far the best student in the Iaith ar Daith series. She seems to have two personas: Inteligent bimbo (for the TV money) and. increasingly, passionate Welshwoman. Full marks to her.

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