What writing system(s) does this language use? edit

The most common writing system for Breton, Peurunvan, uses the Latin alphabet with two extra letters, ch and c'h, and eight extra accented letters, â, ê, î, ô, û, ù, ü, and ñ.

How many people speak this language? edit

About 206,000 people speak Breton as their first language, but most do not use it in their daily lives. For hundreds of years, less and less people have spoken Breton every generation, because the French government tried to stop people from speaking it and not allowed schools to be taught in it. Recently this has changed, and now many 15,840 children in Brittany are in bilingual schools.


bilingual school — a school that is taught in two languages.

Where is this language spoken? edit

Breton is spoken in western France, in the western part of the region of Brittany.

Brittany is the area in red on the map.

What is the history of this language? edit

Brittany is a Celtic language, related to Cornish, Welsh, Scottish, Manx and Irish. It is believed that Breton evolved sometime in the 9th century, and it was the language of the Breton upper class until the 12th century, after which it became the language of the commoners.

Who are some famous authors or poets in this language? edit

What are some basic words in this language that I can learn? edit

Breton English
Demad Hello
Degemer mad Welcome
Kenavo Goodbye
Mar plij Please
Trugarez Thank you
Yec’hed mad Cheers

What is a simple song/poem/story that I can learn in this language? edit

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