Welsh is the oldest language in Britain dating back possibily 4,000 years. It is a Celtic language spoken by around 750,000 people in Wales (about a quarter of the population).
There are also around 130,000 Welsh speakers in the rest of the United Kingdom outside of Wales - including about 50,000 in London. There are also a few hundred Welsh speakers in Patagonia, Argentina.
There is a very good history of the Welsh Language on the BBC Wales website :
More information about the Welsh Language can be found at :
There are a number of online resources for learning Welsh for example from the BBC and S4C :
If you would like to visit Wales to take a short course in Welsh there are a number of centres that offer 3, 4 or 5 day courses :
|thanks very much||diolch yn fawr||dee-olck unn vowr|
|OK||iawn||yown (rhymes with gown)|
|good morning||bore da||bor-er dah|
|good afternoon||prynhawn da||prin-hown dah|
|good evening||noswaith dda||noss-wythe-ah|
|good night||nos da||noss dah|
|cheerio / goodbye||hwyl||who-ill|
|currant bread||bara brith||barrah breeth|
|leek soup||cawl cennin||cowl kennin|