The plight of minority languages in the modern world has been well documented. Many are threatened by the ever-encroaching inroads of the more powerful medias in other languages. Despite this, experience has shown that it is possible not only to preserve a minority language, but to reverse the tide of decline.Some examples come to mind. The Celtic languages, while not coming close to replacing English as the means of everyday communication in Wales and Ireland, at least have held their ground as literary languages. Irish and Welsh are part of the curricula of these two nations, and remain potent symbols of national identity.