Just how hard is it to learn a new language? Carol Vorderman has spent two months learning Welsh online, resulting in her presenting a whole weather report in Welsh!
Vorderman took on the challenge as part of a new tv series to be broadcast on S4C later this year, in which five celebrities take to the road with a Welsh-speaking mentor in a bid to learn the nation's mother tongue.
Watch me being a weather woman today IN WELSH 🏴🏴....been learning language for nearly 2 months now online with @aranjones @DailyWelshWords...x @S4Ctywydd @S4C #Iaith2020— Carol Vorderman (@carolvorders) January 26, 2020
Carol tweeted about her interest in the language, her family's linguistic heritage and how Welsh was treated in the education system.
Russell....it's an important part of who we are: a happy, loving, big family 🏴❤️ Two generations before me ALL my family spoke Welsh. As children in school (inc my grandad) they had to wear the Welsh "NOT" in school, a punishing means of banishing the language.(More to follow) https://t.co/L8obFraVtk— Carol Vorderman (@carolvorders) January 26, 2020
cont'd.. Children were forced to speak English in school. If one spoke Welsh, they had to wear a board around their neck with the word NOT on it (do NOT speak Welsh). I believe the last child to speak Welsh that day would be punished. So Welsh was nearly ended through education https://t.co/apCaZ5mT8H— Carol Vorderman (@carolvorders) January 26, 2020
Cont'd....since about the 60s, schools teaching only in the language of Welsh, have been mushrooming in number. If I was a parent of young children in Wales now, I would absolutely send my children to a "Welsh school".— Carol Vorderman (@carolvorders) January 26, 2020
Welsh is alive and growing x ❤️🏴 https://t.co/apCaZ5mT8H
Vorderman has inspired BBC weather and TV presenter, Barra Best to follow her footsteps with Irish. Go n-éirí leis!