Learning Cornish language – part two

In our first Learning Cornish blog we began by looking at basic greetings, numbers and days of the week. We’ll now go a little further into the Cornish language and look at how to pronounce some of the letters and expand our vocabulary.

It’s quite a tricky language to pick up, so you may need to refresh yourself with the basics again before looking at the pronunciation and grammar we are going to touch on now.

Pronunciation

a – as in ‘cat’
â – as in ‘same’
c – as ‘k’
dh – as ‘th’ in ‘bathe’
e – as in ‘get’
ê – as ‘ai’ in ‘main’
ey – as ‘i’ in ‘bike’
eu and ew – ‘e-oo’
gh – as a breathed ‘h’
o – as in ‘hot’, but at the end of a word and in ‘ogh’ as ‘oh’
ô – as ‘aw’ and ‘oo’, word dependant
ow – soft ‘oo’
oy – as ‘oo-ee’
r – slightly rolled
u – as ‘ee’
û – as ‘oo’
wh – breathed as ‘hw’
y – as ‘i’ in ‘pin’
ŷ – as ‘ee’ in ‘seen’

Weather

yeyn – cold
tom – warm
comolek – wind
howl – sun
gwal – rain

Food

kês – cheese
amanyn – butter
lêth – milk
bara – bread
oyow – eggs
sucra – sugar
kyfŷth – jam
doravallow – potatoes
hern – pilchards

More numbers

whêgh – 6
seyth – 7
êth – 8
naw – 9
dêk – 10
unnek – 11
deudhek – 12
tredhek – 13
peswardek – 14
pymthek – 15
whêtek – 16
seytek – 17
êtek – 18
nawnjek – 19
ugans – 20

Grammar

mŷ – I
tŷ – you (singular)
êf – he, it
hŷ – she, it
nŷ – we
whŷ – you (plural and formal)
ŷ – they

yth esof vŷ – I am
yth esos jŷ – you are
ymá ef – he is
ymá hŷ – she is
yth eson nŷ – we are
yth esough whŷ – you are
ymóns ŷ – they are

Now you need to find some like minded Cornish speaking folk to practice with!

Next, it’s time for part three of Learning Cornish

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