Although the Eisteddfod is far more than a Welsh language event, many of our visitors are fluent Welsh speakers and translating signs and menus to Welsh will certainly create a positive impression, demonstrating the warm local welcome.
There are a wide range of free services available for businesses wanting to use Welsh. Why not get in touch with your local Menter Iaith (language initiative) to find out more? Your local Menter Iaith will also be able to give you information about the business services in your area to help you to offer a real Welsh welcome.
Contact the Welsh Language Commissioner’s Office to order ‘Cymraeg’ merchandise free of charge. ‘Cymraeg’ is a campaign to promote bilingual service, built around a simple and recognisable orange badge or lanyard worn by staff who deal with the public showing that they can speak Welsh or are learning Welsh. The scheme’s symbol indicates to customers that a service is available in Welsh. The badge – in the form of an orange speech bubble – shows that spoken Welsh is a working language.
The Welsh Language Commissioner’s business team will also be able to advise you on how to use Welsh in your business in the future, helping you to ensure that you can offer Welsh or bilingual services for your customers or users.
We work with local providers to offer a series of taster sessions for local businesses. These will be held in a central location locally, and their aim is to provide businesses with the tools they need to offer services bilingually and in Welsh. If there are a number of individuals wishing to learn Welsh within a business or company, we can organise specific sessions in the workplace.
Ask for a copy of our useful phrase book, Canllaw: A Guide for New Visitors – available free of charge from the Eisteddfod office.