Language and Translation News
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.