MP Virginia Crosbie completes Welsh residential language course

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has just finished a five-day residential Welsh Language course at Nant Gwrtheyrn in Pwhelli as she continues to learn the language.

Virginia, who is half Welsh on her father’s side, used the last part of a parliamentary recess to immerse herself in Welsh.

When she was elected in 2019, she vowed to learn the language and in July she passed Entry Level Welsh for Adults speaking test with a score of 95%. 

The certificate is now in pride of place in her Anglesey home.

“I had a really challenging but fulfilling time at Nant Gwrtheyrn in what is the next stage of my Welsh language learning journey,” Virginia said.

“I would like to thank the team at Nant Gwrtheyrn for all their help and encouragement and all those on Ynys Môn who are so positive when I tell them this is what I am doing.

“It is difficult to learn any language while holding down a full-time job and family life but it is really important I do so because many of my constituents use it as their mother tongue.

“It is also important that by doing this I am helping the language to continue to flourish especially when I speak it in parliament and refer to the Prime Minister as Prif Weinidog.

Virginia said she was delighted that people originally from Canada and France were on the course as well as people much closer to home as Bangor and Aberdovey. 

She also managed to stay in the Ynys Môn room while staying at Nant Gwrtheyrn.

“This was a rewarding week. I made interesting new friends, advanced my Welsh language skills a little and I fully understand I have some way to go before I master it,” Virginia added.

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