Angharad Carrington Edmunds from Monmouthshire regained her confidence in using Welsh through attending Cymraeg for Kids sessions with her daughter, Evelyn.

Angharad Carrington Edmunds from Monmouthshire regained her confidence in using Welsh through attending Cymraeg for Kids sessions with her daughter, Evelyn.

“I first started attending the Cymraeg for Kids sessions because of the relaxed environment and the fact that I thought it would help me to use more Welsh. It’s great that there’s an educational aspect for both the children and parents, as it helps everyone to practice their language skills and learn new things.

"I went to a Welsh-medium primary school, and on to an English-medium secondary school. I started to lose the language as there was no one to speak Welsh to. After 10 years of speaking in English I was so happy to have the opportunity to start communicating in Welsh again, and now I'm teaching the language to my husband.

“The Cymraeg for Kids officers in the two different groups I’ve attended, Rhiannon and Ceri, have helped me regain my confidence in the language and they never laugh at me and are always patient when I get the occasional word wrong. Since attending the sessions I would now consider myself fluent again – I’m so pleased.

“I love being a Welsh speaker and I cannot wait for Evelyn to start speaking Welsh too. She’s only 16 months, but understands so much already. Thanks to the story and song sessions I’ve remembered all the Welsh songs I used to sing as a child, so I’m able to do this at home with her. We also play some of the games from the Cymraeg for Kids sessions at home as well.

“Thanks to Cymraeg for Kids my daughter is going to grow up speaking two different languages from birth, and I also know from personal experience how speaking Welsh helped me with other languages, so there are so many advantages to being able to speak the language.”

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