SKEUL AN TAVAS

Supporting learners of the Cornish language
Ow scodhya dyscoryon a'n tavas Kernowek
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GWELES
New independent quarterly magazine published from September
Go to Miscellany page of this website for more information
Email name and postal address to request a free copy (subject to availability)
iacobianus@googlemail.com

GRAY LIGHTFOOT'S THROUGH THE WINDOW OF A CORNISH BUS
Original + Cornish translation by Nicholas Williams
Go to Literature page of this website

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S HENRY VI PART THREE
Civil war - a national terror that is essentially familiar
Famous passage now in Cornish on Literature page

ZOOM CLASSES FOR 2021/22
New Beginners class starts on 6 September, new Intermediate class starts on 7 September
Go to Events page of this website

GERLYVER KESCOWS SECOND EDITION
Full text available on the Vocabulary page of this website
Now more easily searchable

THE PRISONER OF ZENDA
Cornish translation being published in monthly instalments
September 2020 to July 2021 on website of Newlyn class

AMÊTHVA AN BESTAS (Animal Farm)
Cornish translation being published in instalments
on website of Newlyn class

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. There is also www.moderncornish.net, the website of Cussel an Tavas Kernôwek who specialize in applying the later historical sources, and the associated blog Te ha Tesednow. From September 2021 there will be a new quarterly magazine Gweles with a majority of its content in Cornish. Glossaries will appear on its website.

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


  •  29/07/2021 10:30
  •   Kresen Kernow, Redruth

Informal Cornish-language conversation for learners. An opportunity to view the Ordinalia exhibition too. 10.30 - 12.00.

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  •  29/07/2021 20:00
  • Online Event

Bagas kestalkya rag pobel frôsek aga hows. Only dre alow. Nôten got rag gwitha cov a’n nessa metyans.

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  •  01/09/2021 21:00
  • Online Event

On-line support group for those learning Cornish with the self-study book Desky Kernowek by Nicholas Williams. You can get the Zoom joining details by contacting Ian Jackson iacobianus@googlemail.com. The date and time are provisional.

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  •  06/09/2021 19:30
  • Online Event

A new Skeul an Tavas Beginners class will meet every Monday at 19:30 by Zoom, starting on 6 September 2021. You can get the joining details by contacting Ian Jackson iacobianus@googlemail.com. The course is Level 1 (CEFR A1), the coursebook is Skeul an Tavas, Standard Cornish edition.

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  •  07/09/2021 19:30
  • Online Event

A new Skeul an Tavas Intermediate class will meet every Tuesday at 19:30 by Zoom, starting on 7 September 2021. You can get the joining details by contacting Ian Jackson iacobianus@googlemail.com. The course is Level 2 (CEFR A2), the coursebook is Skeul an Tavas 2 (soon to be published).

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Audio


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

THROUGH THE WINDOW OF A CORNISH BUS: Go to Dre Fenester Kyttryn in Kernow below (items are in alphabetical order)

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NEW / NOWYTH

HENRY VI, PART 3 (extract): Go to An Wheffes Harry, Tressa Radn below (items are in alphabetical order)

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NEW / NOWYTH

ANIMAL FARM: Go to Amêthva an Bestas 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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An Cronyclys a Bow Bara

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

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Courses


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 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 Summer 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

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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Vocabulary


GERLYVER KESCOWS 2ND EDITION

ON-LINE HERE: Full text, completely revised from first edition, 5000 words and phrases for conversation + grammar words + 'outbursts' + place-names, easily browsed, easily searched

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REGULARLY UPDATED / NOWEDHYS YN RÊWLYS

For the Coronavirus Glossary, click on Gerva an Cùrunvîrùs

CHECKING KS SPELLINGS

Go to Gerlyver Kescows 2nd Edition. If not there, 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 1st Edition

Dictionary specially designed for students of revived traditional Cornish

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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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Academic


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

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

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

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

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Exams


Specification

ON-LINE HERE: Skeul an Tavas examinations in revived traditional Cornish

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Next examinations

It is hoped that Level 1 and Level 2 examinations can be held in Summer 2022.

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Miscellany


Magazine 'Gweles'

NEW / NOWYTH: Information about launch of new quarterly magazine

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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

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

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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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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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Contact us


  • Wadham's Cottage, North Side, Steeple Aston, Bicester, England OX25 4SE
  • Click on Miscellany for our 'Contact Us' policy.