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Gareth Kiff

Gareth Kiff

Gareth learnt Welsh as an adult after coming back to live in Cardiff and has been teaching the language now for 17 years. Also took part in the last series of The Big Welsh Challenge as an on-screen expert.

Where do you come from?
I come from Cardiff and still live here.

What does being able to speak Welsh mean to you?
It's the language I use 90 per cent of the time. It's linked with my identity. My wife speaks Welsh, my baby cries in Welsh. It seems natural.

Does anyone else in your family speak Welsh?
Yes. My parents didn't speak Welsh when I was growing up but my dad has learnt a reasonable amount now. I started learning Welsh when I came back to live in Cardiff after university. Other students kept asking me if I could speak the language and it was just something I wanted to do.

Why did you want to get involved in The Big Welsh Challenge?
It's a good way of showing other people that it's possible to learn. If celebrities can find the time to do it then everybody can. The Big Welsh Challenge also proves it can be fun. People who start learning Welsh are pleasantly surprised that it's not at all like being back at school.

What is you favourite Welsh word?
"Buddugoliaeth" ("victory") - we don't have many of them!

What is your favourite place in Wales?
Cardiff where I grew up. It's big enough to have most things but small enough so that people can escape easily. Because it's not too big I tend to bump into people I know quite often.

What are your hobbies?
Going to the gym and gardening.

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