Cornish is a p-branch Celtic language spoken in Cornwall. Until recently revived by enthusiasts, the language had ceased to exist as means of spoken conversation but has always been used in written form since around the 8th century when it became a distinct language in its own right following its split from ancient British.
Today, the language can be seen making a comeback visually in the little nation beyond the Tamar with more and more street signs, welcome signs and public and private businesses utilising the ancient tongue. It is presumed that there are around 2,000 people fluent in the language and many more people with the ability to converse in Cornish. There has been a sharp rise in both interest and usage over the past few decades and the call for education in the language has increased accordingly.
SIMPLE CORNISH PHRASES:
Dydh da! = Hello!
Ha sos! = Alright mate!
Myttin da! = Good morning!
Dohajydh da! = Good afternoon!
Gorthuher da! = Good evening!
Fatla genes? = How are you?
Pur dha, meur ras = Very well, thanks
Da lowr, meur ras = Ok, thanks
Ha ty? = And you?
Dha weles! = See you!
Duw genes! = Goodbye!
Nos da! = Good night!
Mar pleg = Please
Meur ras = Thank you
Gav dhymm = Excuse me
Dysky Kernewek + Gerlyvrow Kernewek:
Learning Cornish + Cornish Dictionaries:
- Online Cornish Dictionary from Howlsedhes (= My personal favourite!)
- Cornish Dictionary from Maga
- Say Something in Cornish – Free Downloadable Cornish Lessons via SSIW
- PDF Cornish dictionary
Kedhlow a-dro dhe Gernewek:
Information about Cornish:
- Maga Kernow – Cornish Language Partnership
- Wikipedia (yn Gernewek)
- Wikipedia (in English)
- Pascon Agan Arluth – early poem / drama written in Cornish in 14th century.
Ow Blogyow (hag erel) yn Gernewek:
My blogs (and others) in Cornish:
- Ass yw Splann
- Ow gwydhyow Kernewek rag Seythun Kewsel Kernewek / My Cornish video for Speak Cornish Week – via YouTube