SKEUL AN TAVAS

Supporting Cornish language classes and self-study

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 material on this website is spelled in KS.

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 has its own website www.kernoweklulyn.com carrying further compatible material. You might visit www.agantavas.com which is the website of Agan Tavas, the members' association that promotes all traditional forms of Cornish. There is also www.cusselantavaz.com, the website of Cussel an Tavaz Kernûak who specialize in applying the later historical sources.

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.

Contact us


  • Ian Jackson, Wadham's Cottage, North Side, Steeple Aston, Bicester, OX25 4SE

Courses


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

Free downloadable taster course, in Kernowek Standard with parallel version in the Standard Written Form

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Skeul an Tavas 1

Skeul an Tavas Book 1 Breakthrough CEFR A1

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Skeul an Tavas 2

Publication expected by end 2020

Drills


Playlets


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Click on Gwylcoos an lies sodhva

An gyst wag

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Onen

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Dëdh dâ, Wella

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Dew

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Man-gows

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Try

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Dëdh dâ, pyw osta?

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Peswar

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Me a wra marhogeth

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Pymp

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Myttyn dâ

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Whegh

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In chy Wella ha Tamsyn

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Seyth

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An fyt pel droos

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Eth

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An delgolyow hâv

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Deg

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Eus gloos dhis?

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Dewdhek

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Dëdh dâ, Morwena

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Peswardhek

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Stories


Yma Peternel ow cùsca

Story for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Pymp

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Yma Davyth ow cùsca whath

Story for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Seyth

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Trystan, gwra fystena

Story for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Pymthek

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Peder ha'y whor

Story for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Êtek

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Worksheets


Gender

Worksheet 1 for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Onen

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Missing letters

Worksheet 2 for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Dew

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Forms of the verb 'be'

Worksheet 3 for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Try

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Present tense

Worksheet 4 for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Pymp

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Me a garsa cafos dehen rew

Worksheet 5 for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Pymp

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Ow pewa

Worksheet 6 for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Eth

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Lowr a Gernowyon

Worksheet 7 for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Eth

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Telling the time

Worksheet 8 for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Naw

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Comprehension

Worksheet 9 for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Deg

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Revising 4th state mutation

Worksheet 10 for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Udnek

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Revising 3rd state mutation

Worksheet 11 for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Tredhek

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Hello John

Worksheet 12 for use with Skeul an Tavas, Dyscas Peswardhek

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Grammar


Alphabet

The Cornish alphabet and how to spell out words

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Conversation patterns

Basic verb patterns with bos, gwil, mydnas, gallos, godhvos

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Four Decades of Prose Development

Famous prose passage written 40 years ago, and how it might look if written today

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Pronunciation

A practical guide to pronouncing Cornish

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Questions

Ready-reference guide

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Reported speech

Ready-reference guide

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Vocabulary


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Click on Conversational Phrases

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Click on Kernowek Standard Spell-checker

A Concise Dictionary of Cornish Place-Names

Craig Weatherhill's carefully researched handbook

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Conversational Phrases

Short phrases worth learning for fluent everyday conversation

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Everyday Words in Cornish

Vocabulary of this popular picture book, in KS spelling

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Gerlyver Kescows

Dictionary specially designed for students of revived traditional Cornish

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Gerva an Cùrunvîrùs

Useful words / phrases for the Covid-19 crisis

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Geryow Gwir

Leading work on authenticity of the lexicon of revived Cornish

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Kernowek Standard Spell-checker

Cornish words / phrases in Gerlyver Kescows, taking account of all modifications to KS spelling

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Kescows Nebes Moy

Companion volume to Gerlyver Kescows

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Examinations


Specification

Agan Tavas examinations in revived traditional Cornish

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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 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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Click on An Canker neb a wrug Gwary gans an Mor

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Click on An Flour a Vrathles Cogh

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Click on An Loorven

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Click on Prentys an Gorhenyas

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. Click on Jowal Lethesow.

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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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An Beybel Sans

The Holy Bible (Old Testament, New Testament)

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An Canker neb a wrug Gwary gans an Mor

ON-LINE HERE: Rudyard Kipling's The Crab that Played with the Sea (a 'Just So' story)

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An Corn Tan

ON-LINE HERE: Hans Christian Andersen's Fyrtøjet (The Tinderbox)

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An Flour a Vrathles Cogh

ON-LINE HERE: Chapter 1 of Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel

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Miscellany


An Pader

The Lord's Prayer in Cornish

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Canasta

Cornish rules for playing Canasta

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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

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

Cornish rules for playing Dominoes

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Grâss

Cornish form of Christian grace before a meal

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Handbook of the Cornish Language

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

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Maria Dhu

Cornish rules for playing Black Maria

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Pasty a Gernow

Recipe for Cornish pasty

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Rùmy Jynevra

Cornish rules for playing Gin Rummy

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