Kernuak rag Dallathorian
Cornish Notes for Beginners
7.1 Talking About Future Events.........back
To talk future events, you can use ra (shall / will do – also spelt wra) followed by another verb.
me ra desky Kernuak : I shall learn Cornish.
nei ra gonez en looar avorow: We shall work in the garden tomorrow.
angei ra merwal en veisder'na: They will die in that window.
whei ra cotha en doar: You will fall down.
an flehaz ra cana dro dha kei henwez Ted: The children are going to sing about a dog called Ted.
hei ra moaz dha'n medhak en metten: She will go to the doctor in the morning.
e ra perna bara ha keaz en drea: He will buy bread and cheese in the town.
angei ra kelly go muna: They will lose their money.
me ra gweraz dha whei: I'll help you.
To ask questions, start with ra
ra hemma servia? : Will this do?
ra Kernow fedha Durham? : Will Cornwall beat Durham?
ra goz daama perna car noweth lebmen? : Will your mother buy a new car now?
ra whei whilaz wheal dha wîl enna?: Will you look for some work to do there?
ra hei gwelaz e follat hedhow?: Will she see her fancy-man today?
ra ve drei tay ha croust genam?: Shall I bring some tea and a packed lunch with me?
ra an stull'ma skoodhia oll an dîz?: Will that scaffolding support all the people?
ra ve: shall I ra e: will he ra hei: will she
ra nei : shall we ra whei: will you ra angei : will they
To talk about what won't happen, put na in front of the question form:
Na ra angei ladra goz lozow: They won't steal your plants.
Na ra an gath eva leath U.H.T.: The cat won't drink U.H.T. milk.
Na ra hei cowz dro dha Cattern: She won't talk about Cathrine.
Na ra an fose saval pell: The wall won't stand for long.
Na ra an governans dirria: The government won't last.
There are alternatives to some of the forms in the summary above:
wren nei : shall we wrew whei: will you wrown'gei: will they
Na wrew whei cowaz gwyn en shoppa'na: You won't get wine in that shop.
Na wren nei gwelaz hedna arta: We won't see that again
Na wrown'jei tevy heb dowr: They won't grow without water.
To ask what something costs, say:
Pand'ra ve pea?: What shall I pay? (pand'ra is short for pandra a ra)
Pand'ra ve pea rag an booz? What shall I
pay for the food?
Goz reken ew pemp pens ha hanter cans dinar, poran. Your bill is £5.50, exactly.
7.2 vedn : will , want..........back
As an alternative to ra, you can use vedn to talk about the future.
Me vedn perna whacka rag an flehaz: I will buy some sweets for the children.
E vedn poonia en marathon: He wants to / will run in the marathon.
An cota'ma vedn gwetha whei seah: This coat will keep you dry.
An scâth-sawia vedn moaz dhodhans: The lifeboat will go to them.
Goz dâma-widn vedn pea rag hedna: Your grandmother will pay for that.
vedn means will or want, so it can give a sense of wanting to do something as well as simply saying what will happen.
lavar coath / an old saying:
Na wrew eva rî, bez eva rag goz sehaz, ha hedna moy po
lea, vedn gwetha corf en eahaz.
Don't drink too much, but drink for your health, and that more or less, will keep body in health.