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Nebas Gesow
A Few Jokes

The Cornish Language: an Kernowek or an Kernewek.

Yta nebas gesow in Kernowek. Eff a vyth genas draffa martesen the thysky nag ens styrrya in Sowsnek. Bethes ge eysy. Warbyn hena an gyrryow ew styrrys in Sowsnek rag may theffas ha cafus an ahoson rag dysky moy in kever an Kernowek.

Here are some jokes in Cornish. You may be disappointed to learn that they have not been translated into English. Relax! Instead the vocabulary has been translated into English in order that you might have the opportunity to improve your knowledge of Cornish.


Y ma an dyskar ow leverall then dyskybyll,
--- An peswara deth y thew hethow pan res thys gortas wos an scoll. Pandra es thys the leverall.
Y ma an dyskybyll ow korryby,
--- Y thew per tha genaf the wothfas avorow the vos de Sadarn.


Cornish
English
Cornish
English
y maisesis there
anthethysto you
dyskarteachertheto
ow leverallsayingleverallto say
then dyskybyllto the pupilow korribyanswering
thento they thewis
peswarafourthper thavery good
dethdaypervery
y thew(it) isdagood
hethowtodaygenafwith me
panwhengothfasto know
res thysyou mustavorowtomorrow
thysto youthe vosto be
gortasto staybosto be
wos an scollafter schoolde SadarnSaturday
pandrawhat?  

Sows a eth the vargentyr rag maroga margh.
--- Gorter, y myth an tyak, praga esta ow korra an dygar war an margh the kylban.
Y myth an Sows,
--- Marth ew genaf. Ha ny woras ge pana tew a vannaf mos.


Cornish
English
Cornish
English
sows(an) Englishmandygarsaddle
a(no meaning)waron
ethwentthe kylbanback to front
thetomarth ew genafI'm amazed
bargentyr(a) farmmarthwonder, surprise
rag + marogato rideewis
margh(a) horsegenafwith me
gorterwaithaand
y mythsaidny worasnot know you
anthegeyou (singular)
tyakfarmerpana tewwhat direction
pragawhy?ssssss
estaare you (singular)vannafI will
ow kurraputtingmosto go

--- To Myghall. Y ma the das ow trya the redya.
--- Pew. Me a thyskas the wull hena nans ew blethynnyow, y myth Myghall.


Cornish
English
Cornish
English
tobe quietpewwhat!?
MyghallMichaelmeI
y maisdyskyto learn
theyour (singular)gullto do
tasfatherhenathat
ow tryatryingnans ewago (now is)
thetoblethynnyowyears
redyato ready mythsaid

--- Tas, pyle y ma an Hymaleyow.
--- Govyn the vam, mab, hy a gor pub tra oll in coparts.


Cornish
English
Cornish
English
tasdad, fathermammother
pylewhere?mabson
y maishy a gorshe puts
an Himaleyowthe Himalayaspub tra olleverything
govynaskinin (the)
theyour (singular)copartscupboards

Sows lergy a wovynnys worth then a Lyskyrres,
--- Dar nynses in dref ma bewnans an nos vith.
--- Conorea, den Lyskyrres a werebys, --- mas y thew hy claff hethow.


Cornish
English
Cornish
English
SowsEnglishmannos (f)night
lergyboredvithany
wovynnysaskedconoreaof course
worth(at)den Lyskyrresthe man of Liskeard
den a Lyskyrresman of Liskeardgwerebyto answer
dar nynsesisn't there?masbut
in + trefin the towny thew hyis she
mathisclaffsick
bewnans an nos (f)night lifehethowtoday
bewnanslife  

Pebar serrys a garmas the then coskar crothek,
--- Kyns y bosta genys, me a rug pebas tesenna.
Y myth an den coskar,
--- Martesen, mas praga esta ge worth aga gwerra lymyn.


Cornish
English
Cornish
English
pebarbakertesennacakes
serrysangryy mythsaid
carma theto shout atmartesenperhaps
den coskarcustomermasbut
crothekcomplainingpragawhy?
kynsbeforeesta geare you?
y bostayou to beworth aga gwerraselling them
genysbornagatheir, them
meIgwerrato sell
rug pebasdid bakelymynnow

Den claff a leverys,
--- Y ma pub den oll worth ow hasa.
An sykyatras a werebys,
--- Tety valy. Ny rusta ge mettya pub den oll whath, cronak an hagar dew.


Cornish
English
Cornish
English
den(a) mantety valyrubbish! nonsense!
claffsickny rustanot did you
leveryssaidgeyou (singular)
y maismettyameet
pub den ollevery person allwhathyet
worth ow hasahating mecronak an hagar duyou ugly toad
an sykyatrasthe psychiatristcronak ... dewtoad
werebysansweredan hagaryou ugly

Tomas a leverys, --- Me a ve in luar an milyow de.
Conan y gothman a wovynnys, --- Avell gwandras?


Cornish
English
Cornish
English
TomasThomasdeyesterday
leveryssaidConanConan
me a veI wasy + cothmanhis friend
luar an milyowzoowovynnysasked
luargarden, parkavellas
an milyowthe (wild) animalsgwandras(a) visitor

Pan rug ow merth gwellas bewgh an kynsa gwyth, hy a leverys,
--- Myr, tas. An best na a glunkas manak.


Cornish
English
Cornish
English
pan rugwhen didhy a leverysshe said
ow merthmy daughtermyrlook!
gwellasto seetasdad
bewgh (f)(a) cowan best nathat animal
an kynsathe firstglunkasswallowed
gwyth (f)timemanak(a) glove

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