SKEUL AN TAVAS

Ow scodhya dyscoryon a'n tavas Kernowek
Wolcùm dhe why!
Supporting learners of the Cornish language
Welcome!

New


ACADEMIC
New page added to this website

DESKY KERNOWEK SUPPORT GROUP
First meeting rescheduled to 22 April by Zoom

LITERARY SOUNDS
New section on Audio page

NEWLYN CLASS LEVEL 1
Meets every Monday 19:30 by Zoom
New joiners welcome

BÊWNANS TAVAS Y GÔWSEL
Fluent conversation group
Meets fortnightly by Zoom

AMÊTHVA AN BESTAS (Animal Farm)
Cornish translation being published in monthly instalments
January to April 2021 on website of Newlyn class

AN HOBYS (The Hobbit)
Link to new video of the opening of this story

AN TESTAMENT NOWYTH (The New Testament)
Text in Standard Cornish now available as separate volume, with bilingual review on this website

LÛTY HA’N VORVOREN (Lutey and the Mermaid)
Link to new webcomic version of this much-loved folktale

JANE EYRE
Now available in Cornish

GERLYVER KESCOWS SECOND EDITION
A complete draft is now available on the Vocabulary page of this website
Pronunciation Appendix remains open for comment

FIRST CHAPTERS OF THE CLASSICS IN CORNISH
On this website 
Recently added: Great Expectations, South Riding, The Chronicles of Barsetshire

THE PRISONER OF ZENDA
Cornish translation being published in monthly instalments
September 2020 to July 2021 on website of Newlyn class

THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS
Cornish translation now on this website

The CORONAVIRUS GLOSSARY is regularly updated as the situation continues to evolve.


About Us


About Us
This website is dedicated to supporting those who are learning the Cornish language (Kernowek) through the course SKEUL AN TAVAS and/or the self-study book DESKY KERNOWEK.

Skeul an Tavas and Desky Kernowek employ the modern spelling system known as Kernowek Standard (KS). All Cornish written material on this site is spelled in KS. To check any KS spelling, go to Vocabulary.

It is important to realize there are several other approaches to revived Cornish, drawing on the historical sources to strike different balances in matters of grammar and vocabulary. There are alternative spelling systems too, most publicly the Standard Written Form (SWF) favoured by Cornwall Council. Debating the merits of such differences is outside the scope of this site.

The weekly class using Skeul an Tavas in Newlyn (Lulyn) has its own website www.kernoweklulyn.com carrying further compatible material. There is also www.moderncornish.net, the website of Cussul an Tavas Kernowek who specialize in applying the later historical sources, and the associated blog Te ha Tesednow. You might also visit www.agantavas.com which is the website of Agan Tavas, the society that favours the first spelling system for revived Cornish, devised by R. Morton Nance.

Are you a teacher or prospective teacher of the Skeul an Tavas course? We offer a full Scheme of Work, as well as classroom kit and logistical support. Don't hesitate to get in touch. And whether teacher or student, you can always contact us with questions about traditional Cornish grammar or vocabulary, or with queries about idiom or style.

We are not a commercial website. We are however eager to carry high-quality literature in Cornish, original or translated. We also welcome high-quality podcasts in Cornish. We accept advertising for publications in KS, and for events suitable for learners where Cornish is spoken. Click on Miscellany for our literary / audio and advertising policies.

Events


  •  19/04/2021 19:30
  • Online Event

The Newlyn Class now meets every Monday at 19:30 by Zoom. You can get the joining details by contacting Ian Jackson iacobianus@googlemail.com. The course is Level 1 (CEFR A1), the coursebook is Skeul an Tavas, Standard Cornish edition. New joiners welcome but some catch-up will be required.

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  •  21/04/2021 20:00
  • Online Event

Conversation group for fluent speakers, by invitation only. This is just a reminder of the next meeting for the convenience of members.

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  •  22/04/2021 20:30
  • Online Event

On-line support group for those learning Cornish with the self-study book Desky Kernowek by Nicholas Williams. You can get the Zoom joining details by contacting Ian Jackson iacobianus@googlemail.com.

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  •  26/04/2021 19:30
  • Online Event

The Newlyn Class now meets every Monday at 19:30 by Zoom. You can get the joining details by contacting Ian Jackson iacobianus@googlemail.com. The course is Level 1 (CEFR A1), the coursebook is Skeul an Tavas, Standard Cornish edition. New joiners welcome but some catch-up will be required.

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  •  27/04/2021 20:00
  • Online Event

Yêth an Weryn usually held at Bridge (Resûlyan) near Redruth has gone on-line for the duration of the covid crisis, and now takes place via Zoom on the last Tuesday of every month. Photo with thanks to Chris Montgomery for making it available on Unsplash.

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Audio


Literature


LEARNING WITH LITERATURE / DESKY DRE LIEN

Reading well-written Cornish is one of the best ways to improve your own grasp of the language. You can read Cornish literature for free on this site. Choose an item marked ON-LINE HERE.

Literature available in Kernowek Standard (KS)

A list of books and other literature currently available

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NEW / NOWYTH

ANIMAL FARM: Go to Amêthva an Bestas below (items are in alphabetical order)

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NEW / NOWYTH

AN HOBYS: Video of the opening of The Hobbit in Cornish, read by the translator, Nicholas Williams

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NEW / NOWYTH

THE NEW TESTAMENT: Go to An Testament Nowyth below (items are in alphabetical order)

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NEW / NOWYTH

LUTEY AND THE MERMAID: New illustrated version of the tale by Nigel Roberts

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NEW / NOWYTH

ON-LINE HERE: Chapter 1 of THE CHRONICLES OF BARSETSHIRE, go to An Cronyclys a Bow Bara below (items are in alphabetical order)

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NEW / NOWYTH

JANE EYRE: Go to Jane Eyre below (items are in alphabetical order)

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PASSING OF A GIANT

We are mourning the death of Craig Weatherhill. Why not remember him by reading his story The Lyonesse Stone? Set in Penwith. Translated into Cornish by Nicholas Williams. Go to Jowal Lethesow below (items are in alphabetical order)

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Adro dhe’n Bÿs in Peswar Ugans Dëdh

Jules Verne's Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (Around the World in Eighty Days), abridged for young readers

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Amêthva an Bestas

ON-LINE: George Orwell's Animal Farm, with Cornish-English glossary (monthly instalments from January 2021)

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An Beybel Sans

The Holy Bible (Old Testament, New Testament)

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Courses


Class Lulyn wàr lînen

Newlyn Class on-line: worksheets of previous lessons for reference

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Desky Kernowek

Comprehensive self-study course

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Kernôwek Bew

On-line course in revived Cornish based on later historical sources

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Kernowek Qwyck

ON-LINE HERE: Free taster course, spelled in Kernowek Standard, with parallel version spelled in the Standard Written Form

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Skeul an Tavas

Skeul an Tavas Book 1 Breakthrough CEFR A1

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Learning Breton?

The new Breton translation of The Hobbit makes an excellent reader for use with a suitable grammar and dictionary and with the Cornish or English edition beside you as a 'crib'. Go to Literature and click on An Hobys.

Skeul an Tavas Book 2

Publication postponed to Summer 2021 while classes are not meeting because of Covid-19

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Drills


Playlets


ALL ON-LINE HERE

For students of Skeul an Tavas Books 1 & 2

NEW / NOWYTH

Click on Gwylcoos an lies sodhva

An gyst wag

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 1

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Dëdh dâ, Wella

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 2

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Man-gows

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 3

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Dëdh dâ, pyw osta?

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 4

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Me a wra marhogeth

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 5

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Myttyn dâ

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 6

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In chy Wella ha Tamsyn

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 7

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An fyt pel droos

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 8

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An delgolyow hâv

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 10

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Eus gloos dhis?

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 12

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Puzzles


Skeul an Tavas Radn 1 Crowseryow 1

Simple vocabulary crossword for Skeul an Tavas Part 1 (Lessons 1-6)

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Key to Skeul an Tavas Radn 1 Crowseryow 1

Don't go to the key until you've attempted the crossword

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Skeul an Tavas Radn 1 Crowseryow 2

Simple vocabulary crossword for Skeul an Tavas Part 1 (Lessons 1-6)

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Key to Skeul an Tavas Radn 1 Crowseryow 2

Don't go to the key until you've attempted the crossword

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Skeul an Tavas Radn 1 Crowseryow 3

Simple vocabulary crossword for Skeul an Tavas Part 1 (Lessons 1-6)

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Key to Skeul an Tavas Radn 1 Crowseryow 3

Don't go to the key until you've attempted the crossword

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Skeul an Tavas Radn 2 Crowseryow 1

Simple vocabulary crossword for Skeul an Tavas Part 2 (Lessons 1-12)

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Key to Skeul an Tavas Radn 2 Crowseryow 1

Don't go to the key until you've attempted the crossword

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Skeul an Tavas Radn 2 Crowseryow 2

Simple vocabulary crossword for Skeul an Tavas Part 2 (Lessons 1-12)

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Key to Skeul an Tavas Radn 2 Crowseryow 2

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Skeul an Tavas Radn 2 Crowseryow 3

Simple vocabulary crossword for Skeul an Tavas Part 2 (Lessons 1-12)

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Key to Skeul an Tavas Radn 2 Crowseryow 3

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Stories


ALL ON-LINE HERE

For students of Skeul an Tavas Books 1 & 2

Yma Peternel ow cùsca

Story for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 5

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Yma Davyth ow cùsca whath

Story for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 7

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Trystan, gwra fystena

Story for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 15

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Peder ha'y whor

Story for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 18

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Worksheets


ALL ON-LINE HERE

For students of Skeul an Tavas Books 1 & 2

Newlyn Class Weekly Sheets

Weekly lesson sheets to accompany on-line meetings of the Newlyn class

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Gender

Worksheet 1 for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 1

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Missing letters

Worksheet 2 for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 2

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Forms of the verb 'be'

Worksheet 3 for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 3

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Present tense

Worksheet 4 for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 5

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Me a garsa cafos dehen rew

Worksheet 5 for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 5

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Ow pewa

Worksheet 6 for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 8

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Lowr a Gernowyon

Worksheet 7 for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 8

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Telling the time

Worksheet 8 for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 9

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Comprehension

Worksheet 9 for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 10

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Revising 4th state mutation

Worksheet 10 for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 11

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Vocabulary


GERLYVER KESCOWS 2ND EDITION

ON-LINE HERE: Complete draft, fully revised from first edition, 5000 words and phrases for conversation + grammar words + 'outbursts' + place-names, easily browsed

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REGULARLY UPDATED / NOWEDHYS YN RÊWLYS

For the Coronavirus Glossary, click on Gerva an Cùrunvîrùs

CHECKING KS SPELLINGS

Go to the draft of Gerlyver Kescows 2nd Edition. If not there, you can ask. Go to Contact Us.

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A Concise Dictionary of Cornish Place-Names

Craig Weatherhill's carefully researched handbook

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Conversational Phrases

ON-LINE HERE: Short phrases worth learning for fluent everyday conversation

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Cornish Names for the Calendar Months

ON-LINE HERE: Origin of each Cornish name

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Everyday Words in Cornish

ON-LINE HERE: KS spellings for all the words in this popular picture book (Standard Written Form spellings too)

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Five Hundred Most Useful Words

ON-LINE HERE: Minimum working vocabulary for those wishing to learn just a little Cornish, or a first step for those aspiring to greater things

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Gerlyver Kescows 1st Edition

Dictionary specially designed for students of revived traditional Cornish

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Grammar


Alphabet

ON-LINE HERE: The Cornish alphabet and how to spell out words

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Conversation patterns

ON-LINE HERE: Basic verb patterns with bos, gwil, mydnas, gallos, godhvos

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Four Decades of Prose Development

ON-LINE HERE: Famous prose passage written 40 years ago, and how it might look if written today

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Pronunciation

ON-LINE HERE: A practical guide to pronouncing Cornish

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Questions

ON-LINE HERE: Ready-reference guide

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Reported speech

ON-LINE HERE: Ready-reference guide

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Academic


A critical edition with translation by Graham Thomas and Nicholas Williams (2007)

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Philip Payton's revised and updated history of Cornwall (2017)

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A new edition of Henry Jenner's original monograph from 1904, underpinning all subsequent work to revive the Cornish language (2010)

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Two important historical texts, re-edited and translated, together with bilingual review (2020)

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Overview of historical Cornish, and of the early years of revived Cornish, by P. Berresford Ellis (1974)

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Exams


Specification

ON-LINE HERE: Skeul an Tavas examinations in revived traditional Cornish, endorsed by Agan Tavas

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Next examinations

It is hoped that Level 1 and Level 2 examinations can be held in Summer 2022.

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Miscellany


Policy of Skeul an Tavas Website: 'Contact Us'

Please read before sending us any communication.

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Policy of Skeul an Tavas Website: Literature and Audio

Please read before submitting to us any literary work or audio item.

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Policy of Skeul an Tavas Website: Advertising

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An Pader

ON-LINE HERE: The Lord's Prayer in Cornish

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Breton Grammar

A short English-language grammar of Breton

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Canasta

ON-LINE HERE: Cornish rules for playing Canasta

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Carten

ON-LINE HERE: Card advertising the Skeul an Tavas website

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Colloquial Doesn't Mean Corrupt

Observations on contemporary revived Cornish by former Grand Bard Rod Lyon

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Cornish Family Tree

ON-LINE HERE: Diagram showing how Cornish is descended from the ancestor language, Proto-Indo European, spoken in Eastern Europe 5000 years ago

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Cornish Today

The ground-breaking examination of revived Cornish, first written by Nicholas Williams in 1995 (3rd edition 2006), leading eventually to Kernowek Standard (KS)

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Domynôs

ON-LINE HERE: Cornish rules for playing Dominoes

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Grâss

ON-LINE HERE: Cornish form of Christian grace before a meal

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Contact us


  • Wadham's Cottage, North Side, Steeple Aston, Bicester, England OX25 4SE
  • Click on Miscellany for our 'Contact Us' policy.