KERNEWEK - The Cornish Language
I enrolled in Cornish classes shortly
after we retired to Cornwall in 2013
and, over several years, passed the four
grades of the official examinations, all
with Distinction. I then went on to teach
the language at the Heamoor Class.
In 2022 I was honoured to be made a
‘language bard’ of the Cornish Gorsedh.
This is the organisation that fosters all
things Cornish and the Celtic connection.
The photo shows me being inducted by
the Grand Bard, Pol Hodge.
I am a great fan of Cornish,
which is one of the Celtic
group of languages, like
Breton and Welsh.
Here you will find items of
general interest, plus some
resources that learners of the
language might find useful.
You can email me by clicking here.
Information and materials for lovers of
the Cornish language
This is the occasion when your bardic name is announced publicly. Mine is Tas Lowen, meaning ‘Contented
Father’. I chose that name to reflect what is one of the greatest blessings I enjoy: three wonderful, wise and caring
children, who are a huge support and comfort to me and my wife in our old age. The above in Cornish…
Yth omrolis yn klassow Kernewek a verr spys wosa ni dhe omdenna dhe Gernow yn 2013. Dres nebes bledhynnyow
my a bassyas an peswar gradh a’n apposyansow sodhogel, oll anedha Gans Bri. Alena, y tallethis dyski an yeth dhe
Glass An Hay.
Yn 2022 enorys veuv pan teuth vy ha bos ‘bardh an yeth’ a’n Orsedh Kernow. Hemm yw an kowethyans a vaga oll
an traow kernewek ha’n mell keltek. An skeusen a’m diskwedh ow pos degemmerys gans an Bardh Meur, Pol
Hemm yw an prys mayth yw deklaryes a-rag tus dha hanow bardhek. Ow hanow yw Tas Lowen. Y tewisis an
hanow na rag dastewynnya an pyth yw onan a’m brassa benathow: tri flogh marthys, fur ha kuv neb yw
skoodhyans kowrek ha konfort dhymm ha dhe’m gwreg y’gan henys.
Useful PDF Resources for Learners -- Asnodhow PDF Dhe Les rag Dyskoryon
A handy and helpful key to all the mutations,
with additional information, and some
Over 2,000 phrases in both Cornish and English that I
have culled over the years from grammars, textbooks,
novels and other sources.
Try doing a page a day. Look at an English phrase; try to
translate it into Cornish; then check with the Cornish
The same content as the above, but with explanatory grammatical info and alternatives. [Note that I
may add to this from time to time. Last updated 5 Oct 2023.]
A list of common verbs and the prepositions that follow them, with examples. Originally compiled
by Rod Lyon. With his permission put into SWF and further clarified by me, with some help from
John Prowse, my teacher and mentor.
Feminine nouns in Cornish are far less common than masculine ones. Here is a list of all of them in
the Learners’ Cornish Dictionary, colour-coded to highlight the common feminine endings.