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  • tell me more about whales.

  • We've had Ah, few famous Welshman on this show.

  • We had Mathew Prichard.

  • Dirty Sanchez.

  • Fascinating guy.

  • I know you've You've had a great character.

  • I know you did some things with him.

  • Also, Howard Marks may rest in peace.

  • You know, we had him on here about three years ago.

  • I had an amazing conversation with him.

  • One of the first books I read when I got toe England was Mr Nice.

  • And it's an amazing read.

  • Um, you know, the world knows Tom Jones, and there's a few others but three million people.

  • That's a very it's a small country that obviously punches above its weight.

  • What's what was it like for Nigel to grow up in Wales?

  • What did you see?

  • What would I see if you took me there?

  • What kind of place is it?

  • Rolling hills.

  • A lot of singing.

  • Coal mines, sheep, rugby, religion, chapels, everything.

  • Small communities built on the side off steep hills on.

  • Then in other past the country?

  • No, the agricultural sort of West Wales area off Toby Valley, where this rich pasture and a lot of farming community.

  • Then you know the past of wheels is in North Wales and mid wheels, beautiful part of the country where you'll have the the slate mines, South Wales.

  • Then you'd have the industrial, you know, when I was growing up.

  • You still have a lot of steel works, sort of coal mines, you know, when they started closing sort of mid eighties onwards, then and I don't think there's a call my left in.

  • Where is now?

  • If there is, there could be one or two small private ones.

  • You know them.

  • But growing up in Wales, it was a land of song and rolling hills and rugby players as heroes and people like Tom Jones, who was, Ah, world national treasure of whales, world re known and people like that.

  • So whales growing up was sort of many, many wonderful things, and probably one thing that was sat wheels apart from a lot of the other countries.

  • It's it's still it za language.

  • We still have our Welsh language.

  • I speak Welsh first language.

  • I couldn't speak English until I was six years of age.

  • I learned it in school on.

  • We're about 20% of the population.

  • Um, still speak Welsh and you know We need to at least keep it at that, but hopefully more importantly, to keep growing at that and hopefully it will grow because of the education system in Wales.

  • Now is a lot of Welsh medium schools, so that is obviously helping.

  • The lot of industry and wheels require people to be able to speak both languages and everything like that.

  • So it is that important.

  • It's hugely important because I think you know, if you if you lose your language, then you lose, I think the heart of your country.

  • I think that is what really makes your country beat on what really sets your country apart.

  • I think is your own language.

  • When you lose, that language is gone forever and you've lost the heart of your country.

  • Then I think it doesn't make me any more Welsh than and Welsh Person in Wheel.

  • She doesn't speak Welsh, but I am very proud that I speak Welsh and I see hugely important that we keep the language alive, I think, and them when you it is difficult to explain to somebody if they can't understand why she can't read Welch.

  • When you listen to some of the wealth, hymns, the Welsh poems and verses.

  • You know the tales and tradition written in Welsh.

  • It's It's a wonderful and beautiful language, and it's hard when you can understand the speak question.

  • You read this language.

  • You listen to the songs and listen to the words.

  • It's absolutely unbelievable.

  • There is nothing like it in the world.

  • As far as I'm concerned, culture is culture embedded in you, and it's hugely hugely important, I think.

  • And it's a part of your identification.

  • When you travel around the world, people always ask you, Are you got your old language?

  • Well, something you tell me something in Welsh And then I tell them the name of the longest place in the world, which is in North Wales, which is sand.

  • Go, go, go.

  • People are amazed when some people, you know, is that your language and they go.

  • That sounds beautiful, but I don't understand a word of it, but it sounds beautiful, and I really, really can't say how important the language is to me.

  • Really.

  • This is hugely important on.

  • As I said earlier, when you sort of just you sit back sometimes and you listen to some music and some Welsh words.

  • You know, some of the hymns and traditional songs and some of the crucial poems and verses written by, you know, the poems, poets and stuff in wheels over the years.

  • And you.

  • It's absolutely a nun.

  • Unbelievable experience in the world's air, so so beautiful on by means so much.

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WALES ???????: What It Was Like Growing Up In Wales & Why The Language Sets Us Apart - Nigel Owens

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/16
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