Richard Furniss lives in Llangefni with his wife, Delyth, and has been learning Welsh since 2005.
He originally started learning Welsh to help him to find work locally, but as he found out more about Wales, its culture and what the language means to people, it became obvious that Welsh had become an important part of his own life. He feels very honoured to be bilingual.
He learnt Welsh by attending evening classes in Bangor and Llangefni through Bangor University, and he says his wife and in-laws have also been a great help while learning the language.
He says that learning Welsh has made him more confident, and he feels ready to use the language every day, at home and at work. It’s also helped him to understand much more about Welsh history and culture.
Richard said, “Learning Welsh has made such a difference to my life. I now go to Welsh shows and gigs, and enjoy meeting new people in Welsh.”