Language Sovereignty in Wales

Kelsey Breseman
4 min readMay 14, 2023

"Diolch," the boy thanks me as he passes where I've stepped off the trail to let his scooter through. I'm also offered cheese (caws) samples fully in Welsh at a market booth.

At the street fair, all the bands are singing in Welsh: programming for four stages across a full day.

Although most public signage is labeled in Welsh and English (Welsh first), the aisles in grocery stores are often labeled in Welsh only. That's what the locals speak.

We are in Wales, but I'm surprised and impressed. I know that in Ireland, children are…