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Mixed fortunes in BB's Welsh test
Susie Verrico and Richard Newman
Susie passed her learn Welsh task, but Richard did not
Two housemates on Big Brother have had mixed fortunes while trying to learn Welsh as part of a challenge on the Channel 4 reality show.

Susie Verrico passed her Welsh test but Canadian Richard Newman failed.

Welsh-speaking housemates Glyn Wise, of Blaenau Ffestiniog, and Imogen Thomas, of Llanelli, had previously been told off for speaking Welsh on the show.

But the housemates task despite Richard's failure and will now enjoy a luxury shopping budget.

All housemates studied subjects chosen at random from envelopes for the task.

Glyn Wise
Glyn came up with some Welsh phrases for the learners

Imogen, who is up for eviction in Friday's show, and housemate Mikey Dalton passed their anatomy test.

Glyn, 18, and Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace "excelled" in their communication studies task where they had to learn sign language.

A Big Brother spokeswoman said Glyn had been helping his housemates Richard and Susie to learn Welsh for their part of the task.

She added they had been asked to learn phrases they might use in the house, such as, "I feel horny", "Totally, babe", "I hate my housemates", and "Can I have some cheesecake?".

The language has been a hot topic in the house since part-time lifeguard Glyn was told off for speaking in Welsh at the beginning of the series.

'Raise profile'

But the programme makers later said he was in fact free to converse in Welsh with former Miss Wales, Imogen, 23.

Luned Jones, from the Welsh Language Board, has said the language's high profile on the show was a "positive step".

She said: "We've moved from a situation where the programme was unsure of its use of Welsh, to one where learning the language is a task given to competitors.

Hywel Griffiths, deputy chairman of the Welsh Language Society, agreed the task could raise the profile of the language.




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