I learnt the Welsh National Anthem and a few hymns in Welsh when I was in my infants school. I lived in a border county (Monmouthshire) and it made me feel a bit of a mongrel - neither truly Welsh nor English. I got the impression there was a bit of class distinction involved - like the truly English people were 'posh' compared to the Welsh. I lived in a small mining village though, so my heart was Welsh and has always remained so.
I moved to Denbighshire, we were doing a little house up out in the country..and I was learning Welsh. ( Family were Welsh originally)
My Welsh teacher loved her songs... the National anthem is great ...
The posh English neighbours either side of us actually got annoyed with me learning Welsh... there were representations...I'd gone and wished the bin men good afternoon in Welsh.. How very dare I !
One English woman owned a grocery shop and complained that the Welsh deliberately ordered their shopping in Welsh because she could not speak the language .... How very dare they!
We had to move a couple of years ago as one side of us were(English) neighbours from hell..they got a petition up with the local Parish council and claimed that we were renovating the house for the mentally ill and it would lower house prices.
Honest! I ended up in lengthy correspondence with the council... oh and the Heddlu as they accused me of criminal damage when I was not even in Denbighshire at the time of the alleged offence officer...
I really miss it there ....it was a lovely place... apart from the neighbours...
My Grancha took me to Cardiff Arms Park to watch Wales v England at rugby a few times. He used to sit me on his shoulders so I could see better. I cannot even begin to describe how spine-tingling and emotional it felt when the whole stadium erupted into the Welsh National Anthem. I was maybe only seven at the time, but I remember that moment and that feeling with crystal clarity to this day.
My nan had her speech recorded and archived by BBC radio in the 1960's for a project of theirs to record dialects. Her spoken language was 'Wenglish' ie. a mix of Welsh and English. I've tried to find the archive but failed. I think it may have been lost. It would be lovely to hear her voice again. She raised me until I was 12 and I remember her speaking voice clearly - so dramatic and eloquent.