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.