Wednesday, 24 February 2010

"Cymru am byth"


Don't you know the meaning of this title? This phrase is written in Welsh and means "Wales for ever".
The name Wales comes from the Anglo-Saxon term Waleas, meaning foreigner. It's a small country with a population of just 2.94 million. The majority or people speak English; however, the Welsh language is popular and is now spoken by more than 20 per cent of the population. Welsh is one of Europe's oldest languages. Since 1999 all schoolchildren in Wales have had to study Welsh, either as a first or second language. The Welsh language has two additional vowels - w and y - to add to the English a, e, i, o and u. The Welsh for Wales is Cymru, and the country's motto is "Cymru am byth" as we have seen before.

Do you want to know more? Go on reading in It's Magazine.

If you want to read about this country, enter the BBC page .

Today is the national day in Wales, it is Saint David's Day. Read about him and then try a comprehension test.

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