He thinks learning Welsh is just as hard as becoming a doctor.
This Caribbean doctor went above and beyond to help the young patients on a children’s ward – by learning to speak Welsh.
Originally from Barbados, Dr Phillip Moore moved to Bangor to become an ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgeon at Ysbyty Gwynedd.
He works a lot with children at the hospital and has even appeared on an S4C documentary called Ward Plant, which follows the daily highs and lows of the two children’s wards.
Dr Moore has been described as “one of the children’s ward’s biggest friends”.
So much so that he even decided to learn to speak Welsh.
And last year Dr Moore successfully passed his Advanced Welsh Language exams.
This is what he had to say:
“Dwi’n rhyddhad iawn achos dwi wedi pasio arholiad lefel uwch yn mis Gorffenaf a dwi wedi derbyn fy nghanlyniadau yn mis Awst.
“Dwi’n rhyddhad iawn, iawn, iawn, achos mae’r arholiad yn anodd iawn, iawn, iawn, a dwi wedi blino.
“Ond mae pob dim wedi gorffen, felly dwi’n hapus iawn.”
Which is translated into:
“Well, I’m relieved because I passed the higher level exam in July and I received my results in August.
“And I’m extremely relieved because the exam was very, very, very difficult, and I feel exhausted.
“But everything is done, so I’m really happy.”
Even though it was tough learning and thinking in two languages, Dr Moore said he was very proud of what he had achieved.
He’s now planning on practising the language more by speaking to patients in Welsh and using it in the pub and in shops.
“I think I deserve a drink or two after that exam,” he said.