Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Writing a Diary 30 (what you'd like to do)

What you would like to do
We know how to talk about what we did, what we are going to do, what we ought to do, what we are doing, etc. Now let’s look at what we would like to do. The verb we use for “wish, will, want, intend” is <mednes> (SWFM mynnes). We have already used this for the future, in the form of <vedn>. The initial <m> softens to <v> because it follows the verbal particle <a> (even if it is not obvious). You do not, however, need to mutate the secondary verb.
Remember there are two words you can use for “to do” <gwil> and <gül> (same long ee vowel sound) and two words you can use for “what” <pandra> and <peth>.
Someone might ask:
Pandra venjes ta gwil hedhyw?[1]
What would you like to do today?
Pandra venjo whei gül lebmyn?[2]
What would you like to do now?
Peth a venjowgh gül moy adhiwedhes?[3]
What would you like to do later?
For your required activity you might answer:
Me a venja debry kidyow en restaurant.[4]
I’d like to eat dinner in a restaurant.
Me a venja kerdhes adro dhe’n park.
I’d like to walk  around the park.
Me a venja danon o lether.         
I’d like to send my letter.
Me a venja desky Kernowek.
I’d like to learn Cornish.

A more specific question might be:
Venjes ta gwil tesen?[5]
Would you like to make a cake?
A venjowgh doas dhe’n wariva genam?
Would you like to come to the theatre with me?

[1]  This is the emphatic form.
Less emphatic is just to use <Pandra venjes gwil …?>
SWFM Pyth a vynses gul …?
[2]  Again, this is the emphatic form.
Less emphatic is <Pandra venjowgh gül …?
RLC <Pandra venja whei …?> (this is also gives better pronunciation)
SWFM Pyth a vynsewgh gul …?
[3]  SWFM Pyth a vynsewgh gul moy a-dhiwedhes?
[4]  SWFM My a vynsa debri kinnyow en bosti.
[5]  SWFM A vynses gul tesen?

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