Teacher who learned amazing Welsh in 10 months reveals grandad was banned from speaking it
A teacher who has learned amazing Welsh skills in just 10 months has revealed her granddad was banned from speaking the language at school.
Angharad Jones, who teaches at Pontllanfraith Primary, in Blackwood, made the revelation in an emotional video about her progress with the language, which she shared on social media.
In her message she thanked people for their support and told them she was not going to “lose my Welsh” like here grandfather.
She has been taking the Cymraeg Mewn Blwyddyn (Welsh in a Year) course through the Sabbatical Scheme, which is available through the University of Wales.
Angharad has received a stream of praised for her progress in learning the language, including from comedian Tudur Owen.
I have been learning Welsh now for ten months. This is my final whilst on the course video to see my progress. Dw i mor ddiolchgar dw i'n gallu siarad Cymraeg nawr. If you want to learn Welsh, DO IT! What are you waiting for? pic.twitter.com/QNstJ2kaTq
— Miss Jones (@missjonespont) July 13, 2021
‘I didn’t know’
In her message she said: “My grandad was a Welsh speaker and I didn’t know. He moved to the south from the north, and the teacher said ‘you have to speak English, not Welsh, in our school’.
“Therefore, he lost his Welsh. I am not going to lose my Welsh now. I intend to use it until I’m fluent. I promise.”
She also said: “Welsh has changed my life. I didn’t receive any Welsh lessons at all when I was at school. I am so grateful that I can speak like this.
“I am thankful for my friends. They are everything to me. They’re very supportive, and my friends from the course will be friends forever.
“I am especially thankful to my tutors. Thank you from the bottom of my heart because we speak Welsh because of you. You have certainly been inspirational to me.
“I have been on the radio, on the TV and I have been filming with the Hansh crew.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart o everyone for their support. I can say that Welsh has changed my life, and I feel very emotional.