Desky Kernowek

Resources for learners of the Cornish language
Asnodhow rag dyscoryon a'n tavas Kernowek

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, supplementary vocabulary classified by topic (work-in-progress, expected complete by Summer 2023)

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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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CORONAVIRUS GLOSSARY

CORONAVIRUS GLOSSARY

ON-LINE HERE: Unique glossary, Cornish-English, English-Cornish, dedicated specifically to the Covid-19 pandemic

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LOWER INTERMEDIATE CLASS ON-LINE
(Common European Framework of Reference Level B1)
Starting 26 January 2023
Contact Us for details

GWELES MAGAZINE
Autumn/Winter issue published 17 December 2022
You can subscribe at
https://www.gweles.com/

THE COLD HEART
Wilhelm Hauff
Translated by Nicholas Williams
Go to Literature page of this website

NEW COURSEBOOK FOR BEGINNERS
Cara Kernowek Book One
Consultation period ends 31 January 2023
https://www.skeulantavas.com/courses-1/cara-kernowek-book-one

GWELES+
ON-LINE CONTENT, NO PAYWALL
Kescows gans Gwenno
Dywrosa Valy Dowr Ron
What's in a Name?
Published 19 October 2022
https://www.gweles.com/

CORNISH-LANGUAGE PODCASTS BY NICHOLAS WILLIAMS
There are now very nearly 400 podcasts to choose from
https://www.skeulantavas.com/audio

KESCOWS NEBES MOY 2ND EDITION
New edition of the companion volume to Gerlyver Kescows - a Cornish Dictionary for Conversation
In development: currently as far as Section 7 Home
https://www.skeulantavas.com/vocabulary/kescows-nebes-moy-2nd-edition-cornish-english-section

QUICK CORNISH 2ND EDITION
Free downloadable course updated
https://www.skeulantavas.com/courses-1/kernowek-qwyck

EXPRESSING THE FUTURE IN CORNISH
Paper delivered by Prof Nicholas Williams at Skians 2022
https://www.skeulantavas.com/academic

WHITE FANG
First Chapters of the Classics
https://www.skeulantavas.com/literature/dans-gwynn

LORNA DOONE
First Chapters of the Classics
https://www.skeulantavas.com/literature/lorna-doone-1

THE VIRGINIAN
First Chapters of the Classics
https://www.skeulantavas.com/literature/den-gwlas-an-werhes


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This 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.

Desky Kernowek and the coursebooks used by lovinglivingcornish employ the modern spelling system known as Kernowek Standard (KS). Most 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 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, and the associated blog Te ha Tesednow. 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 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.

  •  30/01/2023 19:30
  • Online Event

This class is for complete beginners. Mondays, 19:30, by Zoom. The course is Common European Framework of Reference A1 (Breakthrough), the coursebook is Skeul an Tavas, Standard Cornish edition, available from Amazon UK. Fully compatible with all the podcasts and literature on this website.

  •  02/02/2023 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. Fully compatible with all the podcasts and literature on this website.

  •  27/01/2023 20:00
  • Online Event

RESCHEDULED FROM 25 JANUARY. This class is for those who are no longer beginners but who would like more practice before moving past the introductory stage. Wednesdays, 19:30, by Zoom. The course is at the level of Common European Framework of Reference A1 (Breakthrough). New joiners welcome at any time. Contact Us to get the joining details.

LEARNING WITH LITERATURE

LEARNING WITH LITERATURE

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.

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Literature available in Kernowek Standard (KS)

Literature available in Kernowek Standard (KS)

A list of books and other literature currently available

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NEW / NOWYTH

DAS KALTE HERZ: Go to An Golon Yêyn below (items are in alphabetical order)

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NEW / NOWYTH

WHITE FANG: Go to Dans Gwynn below (items are in alphabetical order)

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NEW / NOWYTH

LORNA DOONE: Go to Lorna Doone below (items are in alphabetical order)

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THE VIRGINIAN: Go to Den Gwlas an Werhes 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 (instalments from January 2021)

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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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KERNOWEK QWYCK

KERNOWEK QWYCK

ON-LINE HERE: Quick Cornish, free taster course

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ON-LINE CLASSES FROM SEPTEMBER 2022

ON-LINE CLASSES FROM SEPTEMBER 2022

Go to Events page of this website

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CARA KERNOWEK BOOK ONE

CARA KERNOWEK BOOK ONE

ON-LINE HERE: New coursebook for beginners: consultation draft published for comment

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On-line Beginners Class 2022/23

ON-LINE HERE: Worksheets and other material for the lessons so far

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On-line Bridging the Gap Class 2022/23

ON-LINE HERE: Worksheets and other material for the lessons so far

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On-line CEFR A2 Class 2021/23

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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Newlyn Class 2019/21 Individual Worksheets

ON-LINE HERE: Newlyn Class, individual worksheets for the on-line lessons, March - June 2021

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Desky Kernowek

Comprehensive self-study course and Support Group materials

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Kernôwek Bew

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

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Skeul an Tavas

Skeul an Tavas Book 1 Breakthrough CEFR A1

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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 guide to pronouncing Cornish

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

ON-LINE HERE: lovinglivingcornish examinations in revived traditional Cornish

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Next examinations

The next lovinglivingcornish examinations will be held in Summer 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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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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Policy of this Website: 'Contact Us'

Please read before sending us any communication.

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Policy of this Website: Literature and Audio

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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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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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Golowan

ON-LINE HERE: Verse spoken when lighting the Golowan bonfire at Midsummer (with pronunciation guide)

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