Welsh, why bother?
SIR - Wales is already blessed with a worldwide language - English.
Why should Wales waste its minute financial resources on a minor unintelligible dialect?
This waste to the Welsh economy is due to the costs of backing the Welsh language and his political party by Rhodri Morgan.
English is the main language in Wales and completely used in education at all levels in Wales.
Why alter a good system?
English is the ideal language of commercial, technical, medical and artistic usage for most of the inhabitants of our planet.
Why should not Wales follow the rest of the world?
Throughout my lengthy working spells in many countries I have been often required to help inhabitants to improve their knowledge and usage of English.
One such international assignment managed by myself lasted over three years in China. Funded by a World Bank offshoot, it utilised German, Italian, Japanese and American engineers and equipment and was made a great deal easier by trading English lessons with my Chinese colleagues.
So beneficial to the project were these lessons, that my wife and children were allowed to visit China as honoured guests.
DAVID J COLES
Old Pen-y-Garn, Pontypool
The WM seems to print more anti-Welsh letters than is really necessary, but then you can't defeat an argument without it being out in the open. I decided to send in a letter spoofing the above (scroll to bottom):
Yes, the two letters were printed a week apart, a bit long for it to be an obvious spoof, and the title WM has put on it spoils the punchline. But it seems I might have been accidentally right after all. This has been widely discussed at work and it is generally felt that we should all learn either Spanish, Mandarin or Arabic if we are to get much further in our journalistic careers. But which?
English is pointless
SIR - I am concerned by the fact that Welsh pupils are having such a pointless and out-of-date language thrust upon them in our schools.
Our school curriculum continues to force the English language upon our children despite clear evidence that Spanish and Mandarin are the languages of the future.
The main reason given for learning English is that it is a worldwide language essential for communicating with our neighbours. By the time these children are in their twenties that will have ceased to be the case.
It is enough work for our children to have to learn a language in addition to Welsh without having to learn yet another within 10 years time.
England should continue to speak English - it is important that they preserve their indigenous culture, as we have over the past few centuries - but let us not miss the boat and continue pointlessly teaching it out of a sense of duty.
Why should Wales waste its minute financial resources on an Anglo-Saxon dialect that will be out of use within the next decade?
IFAN MORGAN JONES
Westbourne Avenue, Gateshead