Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has said she is "bitter about losing out on all the culture" of Wales as she is not a fluent Welsh speaker. She told party activists she was resigned to not being fluent, but would not stop learning the language.
The Rhondda AM felt "angry" at being denied the chance to grow up speaking Welsh, and wanted every pupil to learn. She launched her campaign to retain the Plaid Cymru leadership entirely in Welsh at the National Eisteddfod.
Ms Wood is being challenged for her job by Adam Price and Rhun ap Iorwerth, who also addressed activists at a leadership event in Cardiff on Tuesday. Speaking about her proficiency in Welsh, the Plaid leader told party members: "A lack of confidence is a barrier.
"I've lost count of the times I have felt uncomfortable when Welsh speakers turn to English because of me. "But more than anything, I feel angry. Angry that I have lost something so valuable - something I deserve to have and something my grandfather had."