LET’S LEARN CORNISH !
Let’s learn Cornish has been designed for those readers who really want to get to grips with the language and use it, but without the hassle of seemingly endless pages of grammar.
There is a number of books on the market from which one can learn the historical background of the Language - how it changed over the years, and how it lapsed into disuse as the vernacular in the mid-nineteenth century - all very interesting stuff for the academically-minded, but not to Mr & Mrs Average, who want to learn how to speak and write the language. After all, it is your Mr & Mrs Average who will ultimately be responsible for its survival and future strength.
It is therefore at our Mr & Mrs Average that Let’s learn Cornish is aimed - providing a working knowledge of Cornish that will enable them to join in any conversation and make themselves understood - yet not involving them in the tiring study of grammar for its own sake. Certain points of course do have to be explained, but these are kept to a bare minimum, sufficient only to ensure that the learner does understand why something is said or written in a particular way, so that any future possibility of mistakes is avoided.
Not every aspect of the language is covered, only that which is considered necessary to give a good, sound grounding. However, once this grounding has been achieved, the student will naturally want to increase his or her command of Cornish and learn the finer details which do not appear in ‘Let’s learn Cornish’. The book recommended for this study is ‘Tavas a Ragadazow’, by R.R.M.Gendall, and published by the Cornish Language Council.
Some advice in using this book.
1.Master each page before turning to the next. Follow the sentence patterns given and construct your own based on these, introducing new topics and words to broaden your understanding and command of the language.
2.Practise regularly. It is far more rewarding to spend a short time everyday studying than to try and undergo long but infrequent sessions. This only tires and clogs the brain.
3. Speakers, join in ‘get-togethers’ where you know that Cornish is spoken. Cornish like any other language is there to be used - not learnt about.
Based on a Cornish Course devised by