Can I help my child to learn Welsh?
Yes, you can! There are plenty of things you can do:
• Take an interest in what your child is doing at school – ask what toys or games they enjoy, what they did at school today – even what they had for lunch.
• Encourage your child to watch Welsh-language television, and take an interest yourself in the characters – ask what their names are and so on.
• Play a few simple games with nursery-age children - amazing what you can do if you learn a few animal names, colours and numbers!
• If your child is older, have a look at their school work, and ask them to explain things to you. Explaining in English helps them gain a better understanding of the work.
• Similarly, ask your child how to say things in Welsh – this will help bring Welsh out of the classroom into family life.
• Praise your child when you hear him or her speaking Welsh – show that you think it's a good thing to speak more than one language, and that you are proud of him or her.
• Take your child to places and events where they will come into contact with Welsh.
• Who do you know that can speak Welsh – family and relatives, neighbours, friends? Try to arrange plenty of opportunities for your child to spend time with them, and encourage them (gently!) to speak Welsh.
• And – of course – how about joining one of our Welsh for Adults classes at a location near you?