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Ask Melody

Ask Melody

Melody Griffiths from Wrexham won the Welsh Learner’s Medal at the Maldwyn Urdd Eisteddfod 2024.  Melody is 17 years old and a student at Coleg Cambria.

The Welsh Learner's Medal is awarded to a young person between year 10 and under 19 years’ old who uses the Welsh language day to day at school, college, or work and socially.

We had a chat with Melody about her journey learning Welsh and the experience of winning the Learner's Medal.

What was it like to win the Welsh Learner's Medal?

It was a great experience, and a very proud moment in my life.

This was the first time I’d ever been to an Urdd Eisteddfod, and I had a wonderful time - especially as I won, of course!

When did you start learning Welsh?

I started learning Welsh properly during Year 11.  My boyfriend and some of my friends speak Welsh, so I have many opportunities to practise with them.

What are you studying at college?

I'm studying Welsh, Politics, and Media.

I’ve just finished the A Level Welsh course, and I have one Welsh exam left.

You run a Welsh club at Coleg Cambria - what do you do in the club?

The club meets every week.  Students come to learn more about the Welsh language, culture and history through quizzes and informal conversations.

What’s the best thing about speaking Welsh?

I think the best thing about speaking Welsh is that I can connect with Wales better - through culture and literature.  It’s difficult to understand these if you do not speak Welsh.

What do you hope to do in the future?

I hope to go to Aberystwyth University to do a degree in Welsh, and after that, I would like to be a Welsh teacher.