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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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Try our Cara Kernowek on-line coursebooks For the classroom and for self-study See Events for on-line classes and this year's summer school

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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CARA KERNOWEK INDEX

CARA KERNOWEK INDEX

ON-LINE HERE: Bilingual consolidated index to the first three Cara Kernowek coursebooks

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Cara Kernowek 4 Topics

Cara Kernowek 4 Topics

ON-LINE HERE: Tentative topic list for Cara Kernowek Book Four

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KERNOWEK QWYCK

KERNOWEK QWYCK

ON-LINE HERE: Quick Cornish, free taster course

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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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Cornish as attested in later historical sources

So called 'Late Cornish' is not really a different language. It is idiomatic Cornish as recorded in the later historical sources. This on-line audio course by Dan Prohaska brings you a colloquial spoken register without requiring you to learn more formal or literary Cornish first.

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Blogs based on later historical sources

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

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Cara Kernowek 1 Lesson 1: Model Answers

ON-LINE HERE: Model answers for the exercises in Lesson One of the first Cara Kernowek coursebook

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Cara Kernowek 1 Lesson 2: Model Answers

ON-LINE HERE: Model answers for the exercises in Lesson Two of the first Cara Kernowek coursebook

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Cara Kernowek 1 Lesson 3: Model Answers

ON-LINE HERE: Model answers for the exercises in Lesson Three of the first Cara Kernowek coursebook

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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 LOVING LIVING CORNISH classes and/or self-studying with the coursebooks CARA KERNOWEK or DESKY KERNOWEK; or who just want easy access to Cornish writing, audio, and vocabulary resources.

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The coursebooks CARA KERNOWEK and DESKY KERNOWEK 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. Cornish that is written in KS takes the Tota Cornicitas approach, which means it reflects all the evidence found in the historical tradition. See Five Principles here.

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.

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ANNA KARENINA
Leo Tolstoy
First Chapters of the Classics
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ON-LINE SUMMER SCHOOL
An Nawnjek Stap warn Ugans
Cornish through reading
Exploring audio book skills
Next meeting Chapter 4, 18 July 2024
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ON-LINE CLASSES FROM SEPTEMBER 2024
Beginners (CEFR A1), Waystage (CEFR A2), Vantage (CEFR B2)
Subject to sufficient demand
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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

CARA KERNOWEK 2
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
For those progressing to
Common European Framework Level B1
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 INDEX
Bilingual consolidated index to the first three coursebooks
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CARA KERNOWEK 4
Tentative topic list
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FIVE PRINCIPLES
for revived Cornish applying
Tota Cornicitas
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On this website you can now listen to
470 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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THE SIGNAL-MAN
Famous ghost story by Charles Dickens
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NESSUN DORMA
Meaning of the famous aria
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THE FOUR FEATHERS
A.E.W. Mason
First Chapters of the Classics
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CEFR A1 AND A2 EXAMINATIONS
confirmed for June 2025
subject to demand / examiner availability
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CORNISH FAMILY TREE
Updated in the light of the most recent scholarship
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THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT
Beatrix Potter
First Chapters of the Classics
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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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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
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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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There are now twenty ​two
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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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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loving cornish by listening

loving cornish by reading

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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

  •  25/07/2024 20:00
  • Online Event

Our on-line Summer School is running every Thursday at 20:00 until 29 August. (But no meeting on 18 July.) This is where we take a break from coursebook based learning. We're improving our Cornish by reading aloud our Book of the Summer, which is John Buchan's An Nawnjek Stap warn Ugans, available on the Literature page of this website. In particular, we're exploring the skills needed to make successful Cornish audio books. The Summer School is still open for new joiners. Contact Us if you would like to enrol. Meetings by Zoom. No charge.

  •  02/09/2024 20:00
  • Online Event

We are considering whether to organize a weekly on-line beginners class, by Zoom, starting on Monday 2 September 2024 at 20:00. 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 classes would be conducted mostly in English, but with conversational exercises in Cornish, and would last one hour. The coursebook would be Cara Kernowek 1 which is available on the Courses page of this website. The teacher would be Ian Jackson MA (Cantab), MA (Oxon), QTS. Contact Us if you are interested in joining such a class. Deadline 15 August 2024.

  •  05/09/2024 20:00
  • Online Event

We are planning a fortnightly on-line class, by Zoom, starting on Thursday 5 September 2024 at 20:00, 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 will be idiomatic revived Cornish, taking account of all the sources for historical Cornish, and spelled in the system called Kernowek Standard (KS). Classes will be conducted mostly in Cornish, lasting one hour, and will be based around the eighteen lessons of coursebook Cara Kernowek 2 which is available on the Courses page of this website. Students will be expected to spend approximately one hour every week preparing each lesson. The teacher will be Ian Jackson, MA (Cantab), MA (Oxon), QTS. Contact Us if you are interested in joining this class.

  •  12/09/2024 20:00
  • Online Event

We are planning a fortnightly on-line class, by Zoom, starting on Thursday 12 September 2024 at 20:00, for those willing to help develop the fourth coursebook in the Cara Kernowek series, to Level B2 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework (approximately equivalent to an A Level or IB). The language explored will be both formal and idiomatic revived Cornish, taking account of all the sources for historical Cornish, and spelled in the system called Kernowek Standard (KS). The teacher will be Ian Jackson, MA (Cantab), MA (Oxon), QTS, author of Cara Kernowek Books One to Three. Students should already be confident with Cornish at Level B1. Contact Us if you are interested in joining this class.

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

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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 for 2025

ON-LINE HERE: Examinations of lovinglivingcornish that are scheduled for June 2025

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Specification for 2024

ON-LINE HERE: The deadline for candidacy in these examinations has now passed

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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 the home of

Welcome to the home of

Welcome page with quick links

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Tota Cornicitas

ON-LINE HERE: Five principles for the revived Cornish on this website

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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 6000 years ago

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