Mae llawer o bobol wedi gofyn i fi “Pam penderfynaist ti ddysgu Cymraeg?” Cwestiwn anodd i ateb yw hynny. Yn prif achos does dim rheswm diriaethol. Dyna rywbeth amdani hi bod i fi, yn fendigedig; y sŵn, yr hanes, y bobol sy’n siarad hi, y diwylliant o gwmpas hi. Jyst llawer o resymau gwahanol ‘sbo.
Y dydd arall, fel roeddwn i’n ymchwilio gwybodaeth am bapur dw i’n ysgrifennu am yr iaith, des ddros yma:
“We have thus attempted to point out some of the causes why the Welsh nation clings so tenaciously to its language……The ear loves the euphonious; the tongue prefers ease of expression; the understanding is pleased with the clear and perspicuous; the mind is gratified with the rich and melifluous; and good taste will not easily loose its hold of a language distinguished by such attributes ……”
Dywedodd e hefyd: “One of the greatest wonders of the age is that the Welsh language has held its ground so long. No language has survived in spite of so adverse circumstances and influences as it has experienced. For ages all its surroundings have been unfavourable to its continuance; but it is still alive, hale, and strong, and may yet outlive some languages now spoken by multitudes of our race, as it has survived others held in as high esteem and as tenaciously by those who spoke them as the Welsh was held by our ancestors….Many a highly cultivated language, not older than it, which did not meet half the obstacles to its continuance, and influences threatening to its very existence, has a long time since ceased to exist as a spoken language…” a nes ymlaen parha e: “The Welsh Language has had to maintain its existence for ages by the side of one of the strongest and most aggressive languages the world has ever seen…” Mae e’n siarad am Saesneg wrth gwrs.
Roedd hynny yn ysgrifennu gan Edward Roberts yn 1886 yn papur enw “The Vitality of the Welsh Language”. Roedd e’n cyflwyno achos yn cefnogi o’r dysgu o Gymraeg yn ysgolion. Dw i’n meddwl bod e wedi siarad yn iawn. Yr Iaith yw pob o’r pethau ‘na a mwy. Er dw i’n dal brwydro gyda hi, dw i’n parhau i fod swyno ganddi hefyd.
Felly, iechyd da i chi, Iaith y Nefoedd. Cewch chi barhau am byth.
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