Welsh Language Levels

Level 1

Understands Welsh

  • Understands requests by Telephone eg Ga i siarad efo

Speaks Welsh

  • Pronounces Welsh terms/place names correctly in office or field situations
  • Uses introductory phrases eg greetings, weather in face-to-face discussions
  • Gives bilingual greeting on telephone

Writes Welsh

  • Not applicable


Level 2

Understands Welsh

  • Understands the gist of Welsh conversation in the office

Speaks Welsh

  • Conveys basic information eg simple admin tasks
  • Transfers telephone calls in Welsh and responds in Welsh to simple requests
  • Communicates face to face at basic level, using past, present and future tenses

Writes Welsh

  • Not applicable


Level 3

Understands Welsh

  • Understands much Welsh in the office and in some meetings

Speaks Welsh

  • Discusses some work matters with colleagues in Welsh in the office
  • Answers telephone enquiries and takes simple messages in Welsh
  • In meetings, discusses partly in Welsh but reverts to English for negotiating/ relying technical information

Writes Welsh

  • Writes informal messages eg internal e-mails in Welsh


Level 4

Understands Welsh

  • A sound good understanding of Welsh

Speaks Welsh

  • Uses Welsh in work situations
  • Contributes in Welsh at meetings
  • Deals with phone enquiries confidently in Welsh
  • Understands dialects
  • Carries out negotiations in Welsh but uses English for difficult or technical terms

Writes Welsh

  • Writes formal letters and e-mails in Welsh with editing assistance


Level 5

Understands Welsh

  • Expert detailed understanding of Welsh

Speaks Welsh

  • Gives presentations in Welsh; interviews Welsh speaking candidates and assesses Welsh competencies
  • Takes brief from colleagues to deal with Welsh telephone enquiries, press interviews etc
  • Carries out negotiations in Welsh including technical/ agricultural terms

Writes Welsh

  • Writes reports, text for publications, agreements in Welsh without editing assistance