How English Sounded Five Centuries Ago

As a reminder of English’s Germanic roots and profound French and Norse influence, enjoy the following reading of a 16th-century poem, spoken in the common language of the day, Middle English. (You can find a transcript here.)

You likely recognize certain words and pronunciations from modern English, as well as the distinctively sing-songy Nordic accent. It is pretty fascinating to hear firsthand how much the language has changed.

Via Encurious.

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