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A decade after a B at GCSE, I’m learning Welsh again—and finding a new potential for the language

If we want to improve the state of the Welsh language, we should focus on culture and identity—not just road signs and childrens' songs

By Harry Harris  

When even Goop is picking up on Welsh-language drama... Photo: Prospect composite

The first thing to point out is that the Welsh word for microwave isn’t “popty ping”. As nice as it is to think that’s the case, unfortunately, the actual word is “meicrodon”. However, this little bit of apocrypha is many people’s first point of access to the Welsh language, and so colours their opinion. It doesn’t have to be “popty ping”—it could be trying to recite the longest town name in the world, or loaned English words…

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