Welsh road signs ,Does anyone use the Welsh language

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Wales
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Wales
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  • TJ27TJ27 Forumite
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    Ha, Ha. That's a brilliant story!

    Personally I don't speak Welsh, well very little, but a lot of my mates do. A lot them work for the council too.

    My wife's grandmother was one of very few people I ever met who spoke Welsh but not English. She's dead now, but she never crashed her car through not being able to read road signs.:D
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    :rotfl: hehe!

    Typical of Swansea Council!

    My ex boyfriend moved to Wales when he was 10. We met aged 16. His mum told me a story that when they moved here my ex asked his mum "could they go to eat dinner at the Hotel Gwesty?" she replied "there is no Hotel called Gwesty round here" and he said "well all the road signs point to a Hotel Gwesty"......Gwesty is the Welsh word for Hotel!! :rotfl: Even though we split up 5years ago, it still makes me chuckle even time I see it on a sign post!

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  • My brother, (from Birmingham), was driving in North Wales a couple of years ago. His car broke down and he had to call the RAC out. When they asked for his location he said that he had just passed a village called 'Pont Wan'.
    The RAC driver enjoyed explaining that 'Pont Wan' was a warning sign for a weak bridge.
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    Broke down i told te Rac man i was on the road between Hawarden and Penarlag how was i supposed to know it is the same place
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    :rotfl: hehe!

    Typical of Swansea Council!

    My ex boyfriend moved to Wales when he was 10. We met aged 16. His mum told me a story that when they moved here my ex asked his mum "could they go to eat dinner at the Hotel Gwesty?" she replied "there is no Hotel called Gwesty round here" and he said "well all the road signs point to a Hotel Gwesty"......Gwesty is the Welsh word for Hotel!! :rotfl: Even though we split up 5years ago, it still makes me chuckle even time I see it on a sign post!

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    In a similar vein, I know of more than one person who has asked where the Ysbyty Hospital is:D
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    Old_Git wrote: »
    Are the bilingual signs a waste of money ?

    I think so. Where I stay here in Scotland, I think we must have the Mod on as there has been an outbreak of signs in English / Gaelic pointing to things such as churches and hotels which never used to warrant a sign in first place. You spend so long trying to read what the sign says that your eyes are off the road for too long making it more dangerous.

    The purpose of signs is to convey information. I doubt that there is anyone in Central Scotland who speaks Gaelic only and can't understand the conventional signs / read a map. Hence the signs are not serving their purpose by making matters more confusing.

    I doubt there are many lorry drivers in Wales who can read Welsh but don't understand English.
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    To answer the question, yes, bilingual everything is a waste of money. And the story shows it is a waste of time.
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    A few years ago we had a sign on a construction site in both English and Welsh which was rather strange as this is N-East Scotland! It turns out the work was being done by a Welsh company who used the same signs as always.:confused:
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    Were i live most people are first language welsh. And i know a few that can't read English and 1 that can't speak english. To be fair these are mostly older people. Welsh/English everything can be time comsuming and a waste of money but i think it should be used on some things. After all if i want info of the Governemnt in Urdu i can get it by requesting why shouldn't i be able to get it in my home language?
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    took me a while of wondering on my journey to cardiff how many lanes really did lead to :o Araf and why hadn't I ever heard of or visited this amazingly large town that all roads lead to - Araf:o :o

    Then I realised it meant Slow:o :o
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