How I Accidentally Became an Online Welsh Teacher

Gwyneth Jones
8 min readSep 11, 2020

And yes, there are people who want to learn it

I went from someone who just happened to speak Welsh to a mini-Youtube star who is able to live in the beautiful city of Prague, mostly from the income that I make from teaching Welsh. How did that happen?

Firstly, what is Welsh?

Wales is part of the UK — while not technically a sovereign nation, it does have its own Senate, flat, capital city, and historical identity. We’ll cover the history of this in another post, but long story short, some have referred to Wales as the first and final British colony (controversial, I know).

And — in case you didn’t know — Wales has its own language which dates back at least 1400 years, although perhaps much further. It is a Celtic language, most closely related to Breton (spoken in Brittany, France) or Cornish (which was spoken in Cornwall), as well as to Scottish and Irish Gaelic.

It is probably most famous for having a village named Llanfairpwllgwyngullgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (and yes, I can say it — AND teach you to say it) or sounding “cool and Elvish” (Tolkien was famously enchanted by Welsh and based some Elvish languages on it), but it is, of course, far more than that.

For me, Welsh is the language that I was brought up with. I spoke it at home with my father and grandparents, we spoke it at school (only around 10% of our lessons took place in English), and I would speak it with…



Gwyneth Jones

Can we thrive in the Anthropocene? Deep Adaptation & EQ Coach in Prague. Gardener & activist. Host of The Story Anew. Cymraeg.