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Blas Kernewek - Lesson 1
An animated conversation in Cornish

Welcome to lesson 1 of the Cornish language course.

Rod Lyon, Deborah Bennetts and Chris Blount lead you through some Cornish phrases.

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+ Lesson one of 12 concentrates on introductory phrases.

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Welcome to the lesson 1 of 12 of our Cornish Language series with Rod Lyon, Deborah Bennetts and Chris Blount.

In this lesson we are going to try some introductory Cornish phrases.

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Script for Lesson one
Introductory phrases

'Formal' Greetings
Rod: Myttin da!
Chris: Good morning!

Deb: Dydh da!
Chris: Good day!

Rod: Dohajydh da!
Chris: Good afternoon!

Deb: Gorthugher da!
Chris: Good evening!

'Informal' Greetings
Rod: Hou sos!
Chris: 'Right boy!, 'Right mate!

'Formal' Farewells

Deb: Nos da!
Chris: Good night!

Rod: Dyw genes
Chris: Good-bye (to one person)

Deb: Dyw genowgh
Chris: Good-bye (to more than one person)

'Informal' Farewell
Rod: Dha weles!
Chris: See you!

Introductory Chat
Deb: Fatla genes?
Chris: How are you?

Rod: Yn poynt da, (meur rasta)
Chris: Very well, (thankyou)

Deb: Ha ty?
Chris: And you?

Rod: Da lowr
Chris: Okay.

(Alternative reply)
Rod: Nyns oma mar dha
Chris: I'm not so good.

Gerva / Vocabulary

Myttin - Morning
Dydh - Day
Dohajydh - Afternoon
Gorthugher - Evening
Nos - Night
Da - Good
Ha - And
Ty - You (when speaking to one person)
Sos - Friend, 'Mate' (when addressing someone)

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