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Support for minority languages is fine-until you have to send your children to the local schools in west Wales

By Eric Sheldon   February 1999

I came to Wales with an open mind on the issue of state support for the Welsh language. It is now closed shut.

Wales, 1998: I stood amazed in the playground of my daughter’s school. (Pretty little school, surrounded by woods and meadows, in a popular tourist destination near Cardigan.) Had I heard correctly? “We don’t teach your child any English until she’s seven years old.” My four-year-old daughter (already fluent in English and Japanese) had been bringing back a series of Welsh-language reading primers for study at home, but nothing in English. In the absence of any other information…

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