SKEUL AN TAVAS

Supporting learners of the Cornish language

New


AMÊTHVA AN BESTAS (Animal Farm)
Cornish translation being published in monthly instalments
January to March 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

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

JANE EYRE
Now available in Cornish

CONSULTATION ON GERLYVER KESCOWS SECOND EDITION
Draft English-Cornish section now available (Grammar Words still to be inserted)
Pronunciation Appendix remains open for comment, revised draft expected late January 2021

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. 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.moderncornish.net, the website of Cussul an Tavas Kernowek who specialize in applying the later historical sources, and the associated blog Te ha Tesednow.

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


Yêth an Weryn

Yêth an Weryn usually held at Bridge 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.


  • Date: 26/01/2021 20:00
  • Location: Online Event

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Audio


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

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 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

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

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

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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

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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Revising 3rd state mutation

Worksheet 11 for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 13

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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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Vocabulary


REGULARLY UPDATED / NOWEDHYS YN RÊWLYS

For the Coronavirus Glossary, click on Gerva an Cùrunvîrùs

CONSULTATION / CÙSSULYANS

Consultation on updating Gerlyver Kescows

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CHECKING KS SPELLINGS

Scroll down to the drafts for Gerlyver Kescows 2nd Edition. If not found in the drafts, 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

Dictionary specially designed for students of revived traditional Cornish

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Gerlyver Kescows 2nd Edition Grammar Words Section

ON-LINE HERE: Draft following consultation

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Gerlyver Kescows 2nd Edition English-Cornish Section

ON-LINE HERE: Draft following consultation (Some Grammar Words still to be inserted)

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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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Covid cancellations

The Skeul an Tavas Summer 2020 examination (Level 1) was cancelled because of the Covid crisis.

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

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

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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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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 (3 monthly instalments from January 2021)

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An Beybel Sans

The Holy Bible (Old Testament, New Testament)

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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

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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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Bewnans Ke: The Life of St Kea

A critical edition with translation by Graham Thomas and Nicholas Williams

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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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Cornwall: A History

Philip Payton's revised and updated history of Cornwall

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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.