As an American in a community with a lot of pride in it’s Welsh history, I have been around the language for all of my eighteen years:) My mamgu is from Ceredigion, and it has always been very important for that side of the family to preserve our ties to the language and culture of Cymru.
That being said, I have had only the very most basic Cymraeg in my vocabulary for most of my life, and in the last couple of years, I have decided to do what I can to remedy that. I love the language, and I’ve felt a greater connection to that side of my family as I have become more knowledgeable about the language and culture of our traditional home. My short term goal is to use more Welsh with those who understand it on this side of the pond, and then again when I go to visit my relatives back in Wales. In the long term, I would love to pass on the language to future generations one day, as it is a beautiful part of our family’s history. Diolch yn fawr iawn i SSiW!