Thursday, March 14, 2013 07:14 AM Posted by Michael

"Cornwall" Song

"Cornwall" by Nek Llarrekcam

An emotive and beautiful piece of music set to exotic images of the County of Cornwall by Vivid Cornwall. Also available in Cornish by Marc Lloyd Ellery from an translation by Pol Hodge.

Watch "Cornwall" by Nek Llarrekcam.

Friday, December 17, 2011 19:42 AM Posted by Simon

Christmas in Cornish?

Christmas / Nadelik

Learn a few phrases to write in Christmas cards and listen to how to pronounce them.

  • Nadelik lowen ha blydhen nowydh da = Happy Christmas and good new year

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 18:41 PM Posted by Michael

Learning the Cornish Language

We have compiled a list of links below that will help you get started on the trail of learning Cornish.

You may also want to check out our new book store. Purchasing from our store will also help support the site and allow us to continue our work.

Thursday, February 03, 2011 7:32 PM Posted by Michael

Cornish Language Related To Welsh And Breton

The Cornish language is a minority language closely related to Welsh and Breton, and a little more distantly to Irish, Manx and Scottish Gaelic. Unlike Welsh and Breton though, it only has a small pool of speakers. More than one in four people in Wales speaks Welsh, and Breton still has hundreds of thousands of native speakers – so what is the situation in Cornwall?

Dolly Pentreath is frequently named as the 'last speaker of the Cornish language'. However, it would be more accurate to say that she was among the last monoglot Cornish speakers. This fish seller from Mousehole died in 1777. The records show that plenty of people in the village understood her and there was even enough knowledge of the language to write some phrases in Kernewek in her honour. It is sad that there wasn't a concerted effort to record her knowledge. The only phrase attributed to her was: "ty groenek hager du" (you ugly black toad).

Monday, January 31, 2011 09:21 AM Posted by Matthew

Cornish Language Links

Wella Kerew's Cornish Language

Wella Kerew was a Cornish Language scholar who translated some chapters of the Bible in the late 17th Century. Born in St. Buryan in 1660 he spoke Cornish ...

Saturday, January 15, 2011 10:27 AM Posted by Michael

Welcome to Cornish Language Online

This website gives you information about organisations who offer lessons, news, and support to Cornish speakers, learners and companies.

What is the Cornish Language?

The Cornish language is a Celtic language. It is similar to Welsh and Breton. Cornish, Welsh and Breton are thought of as 'P-Celtic' languages or Brythonic languages. Cornish is also related to 'Q-Celtic' languages: Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx. The way to quickly tell these languages apart is to look at words such as the translation of the English word 'son' and 'head'.

Friday, January 14, 2011 18:11 AM Posted by Matthew

Where did Cornish come from?

Cornish, like all the Celtic languages developed out of a civilisation in central Europe several thousand years before the development of the Roman Empire or Greek civilisation. The Celts eventually covered most of Western and Central Europe. By the time of the Romans, Britain, Ireland, France, parts of Spain, Belgium, Northern Italy and parts of the Balkans were all speaking Celtic languages. France was called 'Gaul' at this time, and spoke an early P-Celtic language called Gaulish. Spain and Portugal had traces of P-Celtic, but it is believed this is where the Q-Celtic languages developed.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 6:47 AM Posted by Matthew

How can I find out more about Cornish?

There is a Cornish Language Partnership run on various funding schemes and based at Lys Kernow in Truro. You can find the office online at This is also a good place to enquire about classes, translations and support materials.

There is a weekly online 'radio' programme that can be downloaded from