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Residents urged to try a little Cornish

Residents are being urged to speak a few words in Cornish this year in an aim to keep the language alive.

MAGA, the Cornish Language Partnership, is hoping to teach members of the public a few simple phrases to use as they greet people on the streets.

The organisation was encouraging people to use at least one of the phrases on March 5, which was St Piran’s Day, the day to celebrate St Piran.

MAGA manager Jenefer Lowe said: “At a time when we celebrate Cornwall and all things Cornish, wouldn’t it be good if everyone could greet each other in Cornish, or say please or thank you?

“Shopping, working, in school or just in the street – a couple of words of Cornish make this day even more special.”

The basic phrases being taught are meur ras (thank you); mar pleg (please); dydh da (good day); and gool Peran Lowen (happy St Piran’s Day).

The Cornish Language Partnership was set up in 2005 with the aim of promoting Cornish and developing it further in Cornish life. Its programme of work is being funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and by Cornwall Council.

The partnership is made up of language organisations, local authorities and other groups.

MAGA has also launched a Cornish language DVD this year, entitled Tamm ha Tam, meaning little by little. The DVD aims to help give beginners to the language the confidence to start using it in their everyday lives.

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