Manx Phrases

Tue, 27 Nov 2018

Culture Vannin is pleased to announce the release of a new publication for learners of Manx.

Entitled Manx Phrases this new resource is a fantastic addition to the growing material available for both learners and speakers of the language.

Manx Phrases has been written by Adrian Cain, Manx Language Development Officer for Culture Vannin and is a follow-up publication to the very successful and popular dictionary for new speakers of Manx: Manx Words.

Manx Phrases is heavily influenced by Culture Vannin’s numerous adult classes; indeed, many of the topics covered and examples included have come from discussions with those who are working to improve their Manx. In this sense the book has been a collaborative process with new speakers.

Topics included in this pocket-sized book range from holidays, work and school to living in the south and watching the races: areas that often come up in conversation. Each topic includes a series of questions and answers relating to that area enabling students to broaden their vocabulary and get used to asking and answering questions.

Adrian Cain, the Manx Language Development Officer for Culture Vannin commented:

‘This resource will be of real use to anyone who is a new speaker of Manx. It isn’t meant to be a comprehensive introduction to Manx, rather it covers the key subject areas that students are likely to encounter when they start to pick up the language.’

Manx Phrases is available in the Island’s best bookshops now and retails at £10. It is available via the Culture Vannin online shop: Manx Phrases.

To find out more about the language and Culture Vannin’s work to promote Manx, visit


A video interview about the release of this book is available in English and in Manx courtesy of MTTV.