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Over 10,000 Cornish words and phrases Handy for laptop, tablet, smartphone For on-line coursebooks go to Courses page 

A CORNISH DICTIONARY FOR CONVERSATION

ON-LINE HERE: Gerlyver Kescows, 2nd edition, full text, completely revised, 5000 words and phrases for conversation + grammar words + 'outbursts' + place-names, easily browsed, easily searched

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NEED MORE CORNISH WORDS?

NEED MORE CORNISH WORDS?

ON-LINE HERE: Kescows Nebes Moy, 2nd edition, thousands more words supplementing Gerlyver Kescows, classified by topic, easily browsed, easily searched (work-in-progress)

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Five Hundred Most Useful Words

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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Conversational Phrases

Conversational Phrases

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

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Quick access from this page to all our latest additions

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On this website you can now listen to more than
450 PODCAST ARTICLES
by Nicholas Williams
Each one accompanied by the full written text
Traditional Cornish, crystal-clear pronunciation
Professor Williams is one of the foremost teachers of the Cornish language
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ON-LINE CLASSES FROM SEPTEMBER 2024
Beginners (CEFR A1) and Waystage (CEFR A2)
Subject to sufficient demand
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THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT
Beatrix Potter
First Chapters of the Classics
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CARA KERNOWEK 1
There has long been free on-line access to a conversational dictionary
Now you have free on-line access to a beginners coursebook as well
The coursebook may also be downloaded in pdf format
With on-line model answers for the exercises so you can check your own work
Click or tap here for Coursebook
Click or tap here for Dictionary

INTERNATIONAL PHONETIC ALPHABET
Entire vocabulary of Cara Kernowek 1 now available in IPA spellings
Plus reference guide summarizing effect of Prosodic Shift on pure vowels
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CARA KERNOWEK 2
Now you also have free on-line access to a follow-up coursebook
For those progressing to
Common European Framework Level A2
The coursebook may also be downloaded in pdf format
With on-line model answers for the exercises so you can check your own work
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CARA KERNOWEK 3
Public beta version
Model answers coming soon
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EXAMINATIONS IN JUNE 2024
Specification, deadlines
Subject to sufficient demand
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KESCOWS NEBES MOY
Cornish for Everyday Life
Supplementary to Gerlyver Kescows
On-line second edition now as far as Section 18-J Animals: Fish etc
More than 5,000 classified entries including
500 terms relating to Health
1,000 terms for Clothing and Food
300 terms for Sailing and Seafaring
800 terms relating to Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
Names for all British birds
Click or tap here for Kescows Nebes Moy
Click or tap here for Contents list

WORD BUILDING
Appendix to Kescows Nebes Moy Second Edition
How to employ compounding and affixation
Compound words and prefixes; suffixes still to be added
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DESKY KERNOWEK SUPPORT GROUP
Catalogue of Cornish Sounds (updated)
Indirect Statement Constructions (updated)
Coordinating Conjunctions
Subordinating Conjunctions
Prepositions in lieu of Subordinating Conjunctions
Cornish 'Na'
Grammar for Asking Questions
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THE WISE MEN
Translated by Wella Rowe (Wella Kerew)
Material from seminar on 4 January 2024
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THE GRAND BABYLON HOTEL
Arnold Bennett
First Chapters of the Classics
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TONGUE TWISTERS
Janice Lobb
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EVERYDAY CONVERSATIONAL PHRASES
now in more colloquial register
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THE PROPHET
Kahlil Gibran
First Chapters of the Classics
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TRAVELS WITH A DONKEY IN THE CEVENNES
Robert Louis Stevenson
First Chapters of the Classics
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THE CORAL ISLAND
R.M. Ballantyne
First Chapters of the Classics
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THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS
John Bunyan
Christian Sets Out on His Journey
(First Chapters of the Classics)
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MOONFLEET
John Meade Falkner
First Chapters of the Classics
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There are now twenty
FIRST CHAPTERS OF THE CLASSICS
to read in Cornish on this website
All with comprehensive glossary supplementing on-line
GERLYVER KESCOWS
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THE PRINCIPLES OF NEWSPEAK
from the Appendix to
NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
George Orwell
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THE SIGNALMAN
Short story by Charles Dickens
First instalment of Cornish translation
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PASSYON AGAN ARLÙTH
In Standard Cornish spelling
Loyal to the poetics of the original
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ORIGO MUNDI
In Standard Cornish spelling
Now re-edited as far as line 100
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PASSIO CHRISTI
In Standard Cornish spelling
First 1850 lines
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Find direct links on this website
to every weekly Cornish language radio show
produced by
Matthi ab Dewi
in the past 12 months
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Altogether there are over 50 different works of literature
to read in Cornish on-line on this website
including a whole novel
An Nawnjek Stap warn Ugans
(John Buchan's The Thirty-nine Steps)
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High quality open access material

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Our website is dedicated to supporting those who are learning the Cornish language (Kernowek) in LOVINGLIVINGCORNISH classes and/or using the self-study book DESKY KERNOWEK, or who just want easy access to Cornish writing, audio, and vocabulary resources.

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Both Desky Kernowek and the Cara Kernowek coursebooks of lovinglivingcornish employ the modern spelling system known as Kernowek Standard (KS). Most Cornish written material on this site is spelled in KS.

It is important to realize there are several 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. Cornish that is written in KS tends to follow the principle of tota Cornicitas, which means it reflects all the evidence found in the historical tradition.

The weekly lovinglivingcornish class in Newlyn (Lulyn) has its own website kernoweklulyn.com carrying further compatible material. There is also moderncornish.net, the website of Cussel an Tavas Kernôwek who specialize in applying the later historical sources. There is a lively magazine Gweles with a majority of its content in Cornish (KS and SWF with traditional graphs). Additional material appears on its website gweles.com where you can subscribe.

Are you a prospective teacher of a class in traditional Cornish? 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 well-written literature in Cornish, original or translated. We also welcome interesting podcasts in Cornish. We accept advertising for publications in KS; for scholarly work on the Cornish language and its heritage; and for events suitable for learners where Cornish is spoken. Click on Miscellany for our literary / audio and advertising policies. We are not responsible for the content of any website that may be linked to this site.

For the classroom and for self-study

CARA KERNOWEK 1

CARA KERNOWEK 1

ON-LINE HERE: Cara Kernowek Book One is the first in a series of coursebooks specially commissioned for learners of the traditional Cornish language

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CARA KERNOWEK 2

CARA KERNOWEK 2

ON-LINE HERE: Cara Kernowek Book Two is the second in a series of coursebooks specially commissioned for learners of the traditional Cornish language

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CARA KERNOWEK 3

CARA KERNOWEK 3

ON-LINE HERE: Cara Kernowek Book Three is the third in a series of coursebooks specially commissioned for learners of the traditional Cornish language

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KERNOWEK QWYCK

KERNOWEK QWYCK

ON-LINE HERE: Quick Cornish, free taster course

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Cara Kernowek 3 Working Draft

Cara Kernowek 3 Working Draft

ON-LINE HERE: Pdf draft of Cara Kernowek 3 (currently being road-tested in class)

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On-line CEFR A2 / B1 Class 2021/24

ON-LINE HERE: Worksheets and other material

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Desky Kernowek Support Group

Materials produced in the support group for Desky Kernowek, the comprehensive self-study grammar book by Nicholas Williams

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On-line Bridging the Gap Class 2022/23

ON-LINE HERE: Worksheets and other material

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On-line Beginners Class 2022/23

ON-LINE HERE: Worksheets and other material

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On-line Beginners Class 2021/22

ON-LINE HERE: Worksheets and other material

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Newlyn Class 2019/21 Worksheet Compendium

ON-LINE HERE: Newlyn Class, all the worksheets for the on-line lessons, March - June 2021 (with cumulative vocabulary)

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Items are in alphabetical order of Cornish title. Alternatively, for items recently added for reading on-line, you can click or tap ON-LINE HERE: MOST RECENTLY ADDED and follow the links.

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ON-LINE HERE: MOST RECENTLY ADDED

ON-LINE HERE: MOST RECENTLY ADDED

Click or tap and follow the links for open access on-line literature recently added to this website

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FIRST CHAPTERS OF THE CLASSICS

ON-LINE HERE: Catalogue of famous First Chapters available to read in Cornish on this website with full vocabulary support

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CATALOGUE OF PUBLISHED WRITINGS IN STANDARD CORNISH

Link to a comprehensive list of published material available in Kernowek Standard (KS)

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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 (instalments from January 2021)

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Amêthva an Bestas

ON-LINE HERE: Chapter 1 of Animal Farm by George Orwell, with Cornish-English glossary

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An Beybel Sans

The Holy Bible (Old Testament, New Testament)

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An Brynces wàr an Bysen

ON-LINE HERE: Hans Christian Andersen's Prinsessen paa Ærten (The Princess and the Pea), with Cornish-English glossary

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An Canker Neb'rug Gwary gans an Mor

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

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An Corn Tan

ON-LINE HERE: Hans Christian Andersen's Fyrtøjet (The Tinderbox), with Cornish-English glossary

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An Cronyclys a Bow Bara

ON-LINE HERE: Chapter 1 of The Warden by Anthony Trollope, being the first volume of The Chronicles of Barsetshire, with Cornish-English glossary

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Events advertised here take a 'whole Corpus' approach: tota Cornicitas For other events see the calendar at www.speakcornish.com

  •  02/09/2024 19:30
  • Online Event

We are currently considering whether to organize a weekly on-line beginners class, by Zoom, starting on Monday 2 September 2024 at 19:30. The language taught would be idiomatic revived Cornish, taking account of all the sources for historical Cornish, and spelled in the system called Kernowek Standard (KS). The coursebook would be Cara Kernowek 1. Available on the Courses page of this website. The teacher would be Ian Jackson. Contact Us if you are interested in joining such a class.

  •  03/09/2024 19:30
  • Online Event

We are currently considering whether to organize a weekly on-line class, by Zoom, starting on Tuesday 3 September 2024 at 19:30, for those who have already done a beginners course and now wish to complete Level A of the Council of Europe Common European Framework. The language taught would be idiomatic revived Cornish, taking account of all the sources for historical Cornish, and spelled in the system called Kernowek Standard (KS). The coursebook would be Cara Kernowek 2. Available on the Courses page of this website. The teacher would be Ian Jackson. Contact Us if you are interested in joining this class.

  •  29/02/2024 19:30
  • Online Event

This class is for those progressing to Common European Framework of Reference B1 (Lower Intermediate). Thursdays, 19:30, by Zoom. The coursebook is Cara Kernowek Book Three, with lessons available in pdf format while we road-test it. Our vocabulary resource is Gerlyver Kescows (free access on-line). The course runs until June 2024.

And on the Courses page you'll find the Cara Kernowek coursebooks and the Desky Kernowek Support Group

ALPHABET

ALPHABET

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

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PRONUNCIATION

PRONUNCIATION

ON-LINE HERE: A practical guide to pronouncing Cornish

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IPA Spellings

IPA Spellings

ON-LINE HERE: Cornish words spelled in the International Phonetic Alphabet

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Cara Kernowek 1: Verb forms

ON-LINE HERE: Handy reference chart of the inflected verb forms in Cara Kernowek 1

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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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Questions

ON-LINE HERE: Ready-reference guide

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Reported speech

ON-LINE HERE: Ready-reference guide

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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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Dëdh dâ, Morwena

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 14

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Pandra wrussys gwil?

Playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 17

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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

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

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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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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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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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Specification for 2024

ON-LINE HERE: lovinglivingcornish examinations in revived traditional Cornish that are scheduled for June 2024

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CEFR A1 2023 Examination

ON-LINE HERE: Written examination paper, oral examination paper, mark scheme, June 2023

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Bewnans Ke: The Life of St Kea

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

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Cornwall: A History

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

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Expressing the Future in Cornish

ON-LINE HERE: Paper by Prof Nicholas Williams (2022)

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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 (2010)

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Sacrament an Alter

A critical edition with translation by David Frost (2023)

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The Charter Fragment and Pascon agan Arluth

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

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The Cornish Language and its Literature

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

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Welcome to our website

Welcome to our website

Welcome page with quick links

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Policy of this Website: 'Contact Us'

Please read before sending us any communication.

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Policy of this Website: Literature and Audio

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

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Policy of this 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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Colmow Tavas

ON-LINE HERE: Cornish tongue twisters by Janice Lobb

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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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