A playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 12

© 2019 Ray Chubb and Ian Jackson

2nd edition July 2020

Tùbmas and his friend Hecka are waiting to see the doctor. So is another guy, Harry.


(To Hecka:) Yma gloos dhybm in ow garr. Eus gloos dhis inwedh?


Eus. Yma gloos dhybm in ow heyn.


In dha geyn? Wèl, brâs yw an loos i’m garr vy. Mès nyns yw goles ow heyn yn tâ naneyl.


Cleves clun yw hedna, heb dowt.


Â! Yma gloos cleves clun wàr ow mabm inwedh. Uthyk yw.


Pòr uthyk. (To Harry:) Ha pëth yw agas cleves why? Eus gloos dhyso?


Nag eus, gloos vëth nyns eus. Mès ny alla’vy cùsca i’n nos, ytho pòr sqwith ov vy pùb eur oll.


Ny yll ow gwreg cùsca yn tâ. Yma hy owth esedha i’n gwely hag ow redya, hag ow côwsel inwedh, der oll an nos. Fest uthyk yw.


Ogh, nyns yw hedna tra dhâ, dell esof vy ow codhvos. Yma broder dhybm. Mès y wreg, mar ny yll hy cùsca, yma hy ow mos dhe’n gegyn hag ow qwil tesen rag hy gour. Hèn yw gwell rag aga dew.


Rag gàn try ny, gwell mars usy an medhek ow tallath y whel. Sqwith ov vy. Sqwith a wortos!

The possessive pronouns themselves are never pronounced with stress: if they need to be reinforced for emphasis, a stressed vy jy etc can be added after the noun. The final v or f of a verb is very frequently omitted: in writing this is often shown by substituting an apostrophe.

Extra vocabulary

gloos ache, pain

i’m (no mutation) is an alternative to in ow, and more common

naneyl either (with a negative)

cleves clun sciatica (literally hip illness)

uthyk dreadful

vëth any (very common to reinforce a negative)

pùb eur oll always (emphatic)

fest very

kegyn kitchen

gour husband

gàn clipped form of agan (like gàs for agas, for aga)

gortos wait