Test your knowledge of the Cornish language with this quiz

The Cornish Flag. Photo credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Cornwall has its own names for our beach and coastal wildlife – so why not learn a few?

You're never far from a beach in Cornwall and likewise never far from our Celtic language; indeed for many of us Cornwall is synonymous with both. A fascinating part of the story of Cornish is that coastal communities in the west continued to use Celtic words and expressions long after it had ceased to be an everyday language.

Cornish is technically a revived language in that modern spelling and pronunciation are underpinned by considerable research but in practice it never died out completely. Early researchers were able to interview and record people with traditional knowledge of the language, especially around the coast.

This resulted in some delightful Cornish terms being recorded for the creatures to be found on our beaches and in our water. Can you guess what they mean?

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