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The Decline of the Welsh Language

Shocking statistics from the 2011 census reveal the number of Welsh speakers has sharply declined in the last ten years.

Welsh is now classed as a minority language in the regions of Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, with under half the population able to speak Welsh.

The decline has been attributed to the number of foreign-born residents currently living in Wales. More than a quarter of the population of Wales were born outside of its borders, bringing with them their own language.The majority of these ‘foreign-born’ residents are in fact British, which has led to the broadening of communication to the more widely spoken English language, rather than Welsh.

This figure is surpassed only by Luxembourg, which hosts more foreign-born residents than any other European country.

The blame has also been laid upon parents not speaking the language to their children in order to keep it alive, and attempts to send their children to welsh speaking schools has been no guarantee that the use of English will not be the predominant form of communication.

Monmouthshire and Cardiff were the only two regions that recorded an increase in Welsh speakers, which is a very good sign, since Cardiff is one of the more popular tourist destinations in Wales.


About Daisy Atkinson

Daisy Atkinson currently writes for Quick Lingo and FE News

2 comments on “The Decline of the Welsh Language

  1. Tomos Hale
    August 10, 2013

    It’s not a decline at all. Everyone saw the BBC’s statistics and saw a scare story they could get out of it. The Welsh language has always been up and down, that isn’t gonna change. Why should I trust a blog where one of the tags are ”Welseh language”?

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