Exercise 41

Mrs Pascoe:

Is there anyone in the hall yet?

Mrs Treloar:

Not yet. There isn’t any woman here.

Mrs Pascoe:

Is there food on the tables? Are there drinks?

Mrs Treloar:

There’s nothing to see on any table.

Mrs Pascoe:

Well, we’ve arrived early. We must wait for all the people.

Mrs Treloar:

Everything’s here in the kitchen. I can start to make tea.

Mrs Pascoe:

Good idea. And I can start putting out all the sandwiches and cakes.

Exercise 42

Who knew the truth? Nobody.

What did they do? Nothing.

Which colour do you like? None.

Where are you going? Nowhere.

When will he come? Never.

Exercise 43

Demelsa:

Not many kids speak our language. A small number have a few words. But a lot more are stubbornly monoglot English. How can a Cornish society be successful in a school?

Perys:

But it’s supported by the governors and the head teacher, isn’t it?

Demelsa:

They’re probably making a mistake.

Perys:

You should be less negative about the world, Demelsa. The governors are right. We must use the language without apologizing. Publicly, not just at home. This is a great opportunity for you, to win respect among the pupils. Especially in the Sixth Form. It’s bound to affect their attitude.

Demelsa:

Well, if you’re sure, I’ll give it a try. The head teacher wants debates. Can you help me find guest speakers?

Perys:

Of course I can. Have you already thought about posting news on the school website or in social media? I’m working more and more on publicity in my job. Shall I advise perhaps?

Demelsa:

That’s a really kind offer. Thanks, Dad!

Exercise 44

An assayva yw an tyller mayth yw va moyha lowen. Saw nyns yw hedna an chy may whrussyn ny tevy in bàn. Dewgh dhe Gernow mayth yw an hâv tobm pùpprës. Esta ow remembra oll an bledhydnyow mayth esen ny trigys in Arwednak? Yw hodna an seythen may fedhaf in Keresk?

Exercise 45

Mark:

Here’s the sports hall, where Year Eight is right now, the girls, playing netball.

New pupil:

Do the boys have to play netball too?

Mark:

No way! You’ll be playing football. Are you a good footballer. I’m the captain of the First XI.

New pupil:

I’m usually keeper.

Mark:

Hey! That’s great! We’ll be playing on Wednesday, when Mr Teague, our coach, will test your skills. He selects the players for the most important matches.

New pupil:

Won’t the ground be rather soft this week for a good game?

Mark:

No problem! We have artificial grass, AstroTurf, where we practise in all weathers.

New pupil:

Science is my favourite subject. Will we be seeing a laboratory?

Mark:

Looking through the window, at least. The lab building is a place we can’t enter without permission, because of all the dangerous equipment.