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Useful Cornish phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Cornish, a Celtic language spoken mainly in Cornwall in the UK. These phrases are in Common Cornish (Kernewek Kemmyn).

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Key to abbreviations: sg = said to one person; pl = said to more than one person.

English Kernewek (Cornish)
Welcome Dynnargh dhis (sg)
Dynnargh dhywgh (pl)
Hello (General greeting) Dydh da
Hou
Ha
Hou sos
Lowena dhis (sg)
Lowena dhywgh (pl)
How are you? Fatla genes?
Reply to 'How are you?' Yn poynt da, meur ras. Ha ty?
Long time no see Hirneth heb dha weles
What's your name? Pyth yw dha hanow?
My name is ... Ow hanow yw ...
Where are you from? Ple'th os ta trigys?
I'm from ... Trigys ov yn ...
Pleased to meet you Da yw genev metya genes
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Myttin da
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Dohajydh da
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Gorthugher da
Good night Nos dha
Nos da
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Duw genes (sg)
Duw genowgh hwi (pl)
Dha weles (see you)
Agas gweles (pl)
Dha weles skon (see you soon)
Dha weles diwettha (see you later)
Dha weles a-vorow (see you tomorrow)
Good luck Chons da!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Yeghes da! (good health)
Have a nice day Lowena dhis (sg)
Lowena dhywgh (pl)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Omlowenha dha voes! (sg)
Omlowenhewgh agas boes! (pl)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Hyns diogel!
Vyaj salow!
Yes Ya
No Na
Maybe Martesen
I don't know Ny wonn
I understand Gonn
Konvedhav
I don't understand Ny gonvedhav
Please speak more slowly Kows moy lent mar pleg
Please say that again Arta mar pleg
Please write it down A vynn'ta y skrifa mar pleg
Do you speak English? A wodhes'ta kewsel Sowsnek?
Do you speak Cornish? A wodhes'ta kewsel Kernewek?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Gonn, kowsav boghes
Speak to me in Cornish Kows orthiv yn Kernewek
How do you say ... in Cornish? Pyth yw ... yn Kernewek?
Excuse me Gav dhymm!
How much is this? Pygemmys yw hemma?
Sorry Drog yw genev
Please Mar pleg
Thank you Meur ras
Reply to thank you Heb grev (no problem)
Wolkomm os ta
Where's the toilet? Ple'ma an bisva?
Ple'ma an privedhyow?
This gentleman will pay for everything An den ma a be oll
This lady will pay for everything An venyn ma a be oll
Would you like to dance with me? A vynn'ta donsya genev?
Do you come here often? A wre'ta dos omma yn fenowgh?
I miss you Ty a fyll dhymm
I love you My a'th kar
Get well soon Bydh gwell yn skon!
Go away! Ke dhe-ves!
Leave me alone! Gaz dhymm!
Gaz dhymm yn kres!
Help! Gweres!
Harow!
Fire! Tan!
Stop! Hedh!
Call the police! Gelwel orth an kreslu!
Christmas and New Year greetings Nadelik Lowen ha Blydhen Nowydh Da
Easter greetings Pask Lowen
Birthday greetings Penn-bloedh Lowen
One language is never enough Nyns yw unn yeth lowr
Nyns yw unn tavez lowr
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Leun a sylli yw ow skath bargesi

Recordings mainly by Adam Jones, with corrections and additions by Stephen Gainey, a Cornish language Bard, and Keith Bailey of Howlsedhes Services.

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Links

Other collections of Cornish phrases (some with audio)
http://www.magakernow.org.uk/default.aspx?page=314
http://www.howlsedhes.co.uk/dallether/dlan0.shtml
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~ukrab/elb.htm
http://www.cornwallinfocus.co.uk/language/phrases.php
http://eurotalk.com/en/resources/learn/cornish

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