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Welsh Language translation: from Llwydcoed to L.A.

Our Welsh heritage, and the Welsh language translation services we have to offer are something we’re very proud of here at Lingua Translations. Not only are we keen on preserving minority languages such as Welsh, but we’re also keen on promoting them. One of the most effective ways to promote a minority language is through pop culture, and one prominent Welsh-speaking actor is Ioan Gruffydd. Growing up in Llwydcoed, in the Welsh valleys, and beginning his career in Welsh language film production, he worked his way up the ranks to play roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as Fifth Officer Harold Lowe in Titanic, and Mr Fantastic in the Fantastic Four series.

Despite leaving Wales for the bright lights of Hollywood, we’re thrilled to see that Ioan Gruffydd hasn’t left his Welsh roots behind. Here’s what he had to say about his Welsh-speaking background:

“The fact that I am bilingual is something I am extremely proud of. I’m one of a majority of young Europeans who can speak a second language. I speak two languages and this has given me access to two different cultures. It has also given me a wider perspective on the world.”

I couldn’t agree more with his sentiments that learning a language opens up windows to the world. In my opinion there is no better way to immerse yourself in a different culture than by speaking the language. Being multilingual stretches far further than learning the words; it also allows to you to see the world through the eyes of different cultures, which in turn opens up more options than you might think.

With Ioan Gruffyd’s roots based in Welsh-language cinema, it’s very possible that he wouldn’t have made it to where he has today were it not for his knowledge of two languages. So there we have it, one more reason why learning a language could really pay dividends!

To find out more about our welsh language translation services, pay a visit to our website.

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About Sharon Stephens

Sharon Stephens is Operations Director of Lingua Translation. With a First Class Honours Degree in Translation and a University Lecturer in Translation (Masters), she is a self confessed language geek! Bringing the academic principles of translation and business together Sharon offers a quality-driven and needs centric translation and interpreting service - like no other.

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