[quote author=Mansella link=board=3;threadid=236;start=0#1634 date=1058663761]<br />[quote author=Episcopus link=board=3;threadid=236;start=0#1303 date=1058097103]<br /><br />Latin isn't feeble like welsh; people have respected the language enough not to mess with it IMHO!<br /><br />[/quote]<br /><br />What is so feeble about Welsh? Perhaps I'm biased because Welsh is my first language, but Welsh is still spoken is Wales by many people, all public signage is bilingual, we have a strong literary tradition which is all very well respected. I anticipate elucidation of your assertion.<br />[/quote]<br /><br />Many people isn't enough. Every welsh child in my area, whose mouths and accents are perfectly tailored for speaking welsh, speaks not a word of welsh; and, instead of welcoming the language into their minds with zeal and interest, they merely discard it as a pointless language. For it is. And I'm sure that you know of the welsh people's pride. This is not merely the majority, but every single english speaking welsh person who - although proud of their fatherland beyond comprehension - insult their native language; curse it's uselessness. <br /><br />My school is falling apart because, in short, insane amounts of money are going towards the creation of arguably unnecessary schools with relatively brilliant facilities. I have been to many of these schools, and some, as if they were not big enough already, are having multi-million-pound extensions built. <br />And what is uncanny about the whole thing is that every single pupil whom I saw coming to/leaving the school and at break time spoke english! This angers me. It's all a façade to gain money, whilst the officially english schools can suck a bishop. <br /><br />At one time it was necessary that we study welsh in 3 lessons per week, a total waste of time. I am not stupid. I want to learn. Hence my endeavouring to learn latin, because it is useful. It makes the brain sharp. I can feel it. Intricate details in any language I can notice and explain; the more I study latin the stronger linguistically; mentally, I become. <br />After 3 years of Welsh, this was not the case. It may be fine for you as a native speaker to curse anyone who insults your precious 20% of its own country language (by the way, how many in wales speak not english?) but you, irrespective of your 'keep welsh alive campaigns' and patriotic speeches or arguments, can never even attempt to justify the usefulness of welsh as a language when english exists amongst us. <br />And, perhaps what angers me most, if Welsh were to have been left alone and Latin kept in this country, then I am certain, almost willing to bet my life, that this generation would not be so retarded. The innumerable 'Will You Help Me Read' campaigns are so fucking contradictory. If the fools who run this country were not so retarded, then they would see that instead of welsh should be Latin in schools. To be blunt, it would give a very belated boost to the general intelligence of this generation. <br /><br />3 years of 3 lessons per week. Countless hours wasted. <br /><br />Incredulous am I, at your being convinced that welsh is actually important! <br />Public signage is more than annoying! Car crashes aplenty have been caused by those poor truckers trying to decipher the Aberhonddu, castell newydd, mhontypridd and the like. It gives me a headache, and once again angers me. What a waste of paint. <br /><br />The backs of leaflets, information brochures, signs, mottos -the list goes on - all translated into welsh. So much time, money, paper and ink wasted. <br /><br />I wish that, one day, I may be strong at Latin to be the sharpest linguistically that I am able to be. <br /><br />Ignorant, and a matter of opinion my dislike of welsh's sound, but facts can never be denied.<br /><br />And don't argue, don't reply; you have no reason to do so - your welsh has won. Sense has been disposed of. Welcome to the new Wales. Retardation.