Celts and Language

Cornwall has a Celtic past about which you can learn in one of the museums there. But you can also experience it if you pay attention in everyday life: In Bronze Age monuments, Celtic crosses, and Cornish place names, you can still see Celtic culture in Cornwall. Cornish is a Celtic language just like Irish, Welsh and Scottish Gaelic, but very few people still speak it, and it has largely been replaced by English. Only 500 people in Cornwall still speak Cornish fluently, but it is taught in some schools. “Hello”, for example, is “Dydh da” and “Goodbye” is “Dyw genes” in Cornish. The name “Cornwall” probably comes from a Celtic tribe, the “Cornovii”. Cornwall also has its own flag, which is known as the “St Piran’s emblem”.

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