OK, so today I'm travelling back in time quite a bit further than the Tudor period with my Claire Chats video talk, but I wanted to explore the English that was spoken in the Tudor period and to be able to do that properly we really need to examine the history of the language.
Sources, Further Reading and Resources
The Battle of Maldon:
The Lord's Prayer in Old English:
If you fancy learning Old English pronunciation then here's lesson 1 of a series:
and this website is useful too: http://people.umass.edu/sharris/in/gram/GrammarBook/Pronunciation.html
If you're in need of a laugh, here's "Let it Go" from the movie "Frozen" in Old English:
or how about Call Me Maybe? Warning: it's terrible!
This song is much better:
or how about "Yesterday" in Old English?
Basic phrases in Old English:
How to insult in Old English:
- David Crystal – The End of Old English, The History of English.
- The British Library - The Story of Caedmon's Hymn.
- The History of English website - http://www.thehistoryofenglish.com/history_old.html
- The Anglo Saxon Chronicle - See http://blogs.bl.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2016/02/anglo-saxon-chronicles-now-online.html and http://www.bl.uk/learning/timeline/item126532.html.
- Old English: an overview - http://public.oed.com/aspects-of-english/english-in-time/old-english-an-overview/
- Beowulf: Language and Poetics Quick Reference Sheet
- Beowulf reading in Old English with translation - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturevideo/booksvideo/8135302/Beowulf-reading-in-Old-English-with-translation.html
- Hear Beowulf Read In the Original Old English: How Many Words Do You Recognize?
- Old English Translator
- Old English core vocabulary
- List of English words of Anglo-Saxon origin
- Old English Online
Brings back memories of my first year at university when I had to translate such gems as The Battle of Maldon. My Anglo-Saxon tutor would have been horrified to realise both how difficult we found it and how afraid we were of him!
I never got the chance to study Old English texts but I enjoyed Chaucer and that felt foreign enough!