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Readings in Old and Middle English

While randomly browsing YouTube the other  day, I happened across this video:

It’s a reading from an associate professor at MIT, reading some lines from Beowulf in Old English. It’s quite incomprehensible to my American-English trained ears. It’s hard to believe this is what English sounded like once upon a time.

The associate professor also reads Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in Middle English and this I can understand somewhat. A little bit, if I listen closely.

It’s really amazing what English used to sound like.

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3 thoughts on “Readings in Old and Middle English

  1. I took a course in Old English for school, and it was fascinating. Once in a while you would find a word that was similar to a word from today, but that was rare!

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