"in her native Breton"


 Breton  - or Breizh - is the local language of Brittany.  Celtic in origin, it is closely related to Cornish, and came to Northern France via the emigration of Britons during the 5th -10th Centuries.  The French government acknowledge it as part of the country’s heritage, but not as an official national language.  This has led to a considerable amount of campaigning, as it is still proudly spoken in the region; in some areas of Brittany, road signs and street names will be written in both French and Breton.  This allows tourists to note the additional similarity of the language to Welsh – the Breton anthem, ‘Bro Gozh ma Zadoù’ is based on the Welsh song ‘Land of My Fathers’.  There are also a number of non-government funded Breton language schools which provide an immersive environment for young learners, and some Breton-only newspapers and magazines.  Some words would be familiar to English speakers, because of our shared roots; for example ‘skol’, meaning ‘school’.  As a term, ‘Breton’ is also used to describe the culture and people of the area, who are classed as a distinctive ethnic group and one of the Six Celtic Nations.