Richard Furniss, Senior Consultant in Egniol’s Bangor office has reached the final of the annual Dysgwr y Flwyddyn (Welsh Learner of the Year) competition, held as part of the National Eisteddfod of Wales (Eisteddfod Genedlaethol), which this year is being held in Bodedern, Anglesey.

Having started learning Welsh in 2005 whilst attending Bangor University, Richard has continued on with evening courses in Llangefni and Bangor, passing several exams in the same period and gaining a GSCE (2nd Language) equivalent qualification. Richard is currently studying on the Meistroli (Master) course in Bangor and is aiming to complete his A-LevelĀ (2nd Language) exam in Summer 2018. Richard said of the competition” It’s a fantastic honour to be involved in Dysgwr y Flwyddyn, let alone reach the final. It was a big shock when my name was read out in the Semi-Finals, the level of Welsh spoken by the other competitors was so high, I felt privileged just to have reached the Semi-Finals. Learning Welsh has helped me working with clients in north Wales and outside of work with my in-laws as well. I’m looking forward to the next step although it feels like I’ve achieved a lot already in getting this far. I have to say a huge thank you to Egniol for their continued support and for the members of the team who speak Welsh for allowing me to practice with them; I also have to thank my wife and in-laws for their support over the past 10 years, it’s all helped with developing my language skills.”

As part of the process, Richard and the other competitors attending the Semi-Finals in Anglesey, completing an interview with this year’s judging panel before a nervous wait to find out who the finalists would be. Profiles of the four finalists, along with more information onĀ competition and the Eisteddfod itself can be found at the following link: Dysgwr y Flwyddyn 2017

S4C’s Dal Ati! (“Keep at it!”) program were filming during the Semi-Final and have visited the Egniol offices as part of the programs which will be shown during the Eisteddfod week in early August, along with the final itself.

Llongyfarchiadau mawr i Richard a phob lwc ar y Maes!