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.


    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:

    Kedhlow a-dro dhe Gernewek:
    Information about Cornish:

    Ow Blogyow (hag erel) yn Gernewek:
    My blogs (and others) in Cornish:

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