"They always seem very happy that a Dutch girl like me has learned their language!"

7 Jun 2022 News Company

A keen language learner from the Netherlands has won a major award for her prowess with Welsh at work.  

Angelina Mitchell, who works for top Welsh training provider ACT, was named the Work Welsh Learner of the Year (Intermediate level). She received the honour as part of the National Work Welsh Awards 2022, run by the National Centre for Learning Welsh.

Originally from Groningen in the north of the Netherlands, she moved to Cardiff with her now husband – a fluent Welsh speaker from Pwllheli, in Gwynedd.

She said: “I’m very happy to win this award. I love learning languages in general, as I can speak five other languages as well.

“I also love seeing people’s reaction when I start speaking Welsh. They always seem very happy and proud that a Dutch girl like me puts in the effort to learn their language!”

For ACT, Angelina is an Internal Quality Assurer in Digital Services, where she supports colleagues in their delivery of a wide range of courses in Digital Design, Digital Marketing and Social Media. In addition, she also manages her own caseload of learners, some of whom are fluent first-language Welsh speakers. Angelina skilfully supports these learners to complete their entire qualification in Welsh.

Always keen to brush up on her Welsh, she still attends classes twice a week and advises anyone who wants to learn the language to sign up for a course with Dysgu Cymraeg or Nant Gwrtheyrn.

She added: “These tutors are great and you will meet some amazing people with a similar passion – the Welsh Language!

“I really enjoy going to these classes as we’re all helping each other improve our language skills. Furthermore, I’m still using apps such as Duolingo and Memrise to learn more vocabulary. I find these very useful and would definitely recommend them!”

Want to know more?

ACT offer a whole range of qualifications designed to help you and your business adapt, upskill and stay ahead of the curve. If you want to know more about your options, our Training Advisors are on hand to provide expert guidance.

Contact us today on 029 2046 4727 or email info@acttraining.org.uk

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