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Wales is a country of lakes and mountains. Its about the half the size

of Switzerland, and it has a population of two and three quarter

million. On the north of Wales is some of the most beautiful scenery in

the British islands, the Snowdon mountain. Snowdon is Britain’s second

highest mountain.


Wales is an not independent nation. In 1292, the English king, Edward I,

invaded Wales and built fourteen huge castles to control the Welsh

people. His son, Edward, became the first prince of Wales, since then

all the kings and queens of England have given their eldest sons the

title, Prince of Wales. Prince Charles became the twenty-first Prince of

Wales. Although the English have ruled Wales for many centuries, Wales

still has its own flag, culture, and, above all, its own language. In

the towns and villages of North Wales, many people speak English only as

a second language. Their first language is Welsh. In Llanberis, a small

town at the foot of Snowdon, eighty-six per cent people speak Welsh as

their first language. At the local primary school children have nearly

all their lessons in Welsh. The children should be bilingual by the time

that they are eleven years old. It is not a problem for children to

learn two languages at the same time. Children have insight into two

cultures, so have all the folk tales of two languages. Children like

Welsh because in Welsh you spell things just how you say them, in

English there are more silent letters.


Welsh is one of the oldest languages in Europe. Its a Celtic language,

like Breton in France, Gaelic in Ireland, or Gaelic in Scotland. Two and

a half thousand years before these languages were spoken in many parts

of Europe. They died out when the Romans invaded these areas, but some

of them survived in the north-west corner of Europe. But over the last

hundred years the number of Welsh-speaker has fallen very quickly. Now

only twenty per cent of Welsh people speak Welsh. Here are some of the

reasons for the decline.


In the nineteenth century people thought that Welsh an uncivilized

language. If you wanted to be successful in life you had to learn

English, the language of the British Empire. So in many schools children

were forbidden to speak Welsh.


At the beginning of the twentieth century many English and Irish people

moved to South Wales to work in the coal mines and steel works. They did

not learn Welsh.


People, especially young people, moved away from the Welsh-speaking

villages and farms of north and west Wales to look for work in the big

towns and cities, so the Welsh-speaking communities became much smaller.



In the 1960s and 1970s many English people bought holiday cottages in

villages in Wales. Most of them did not learn Welsh. This also pushed up

the price of houses so that local Welsh-speaking people cold not afford



English comes into every Welsh home trough the television, the radio,

newspapers, books, etc. There are Welsh-language TV and radio stations,

but far fever than English ones. And now there is cable and satellite

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