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  1. SubscriberVery Rusty
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    29 Nov '16 15:191 edit
    This is what English sounded like 500 years ago, would you understand it?

    http://www.trendingly.com/olde-english

    Just copy and paste the aforementioned to watch the U-tube

    -VR
  2. SubscriberPonderable
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    29 Nov '16 15:37
    Originally posted by Very Rusty
    This is what English sounded like 500 years ago, would you understand it?

    http://www.trendingly.com/olde-english

    Just copy and paste the aforementioned to watch the U-tube

    -VR
    In fact it sounds like German/Netherlands, so after a bit I think I would get most of it.
    Problem with the file: if I see the text I get 100% 😉
  3. SubscriberVery Rusty
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    29 Nov '16 16:052 edits
    Originally posted by Ponderable
    In fact it sounds like German/Netherlands, so after a bit I think I would get most of it.
    Problem with the file: if I see the text I get 100% 😉
    It is a poem by:
    John Skelton's "Speke Parott":

    If you copy paste you should get a u-tube which comes up and lets you see what is being said in the written form. As well as what is being said orally in what is English 500 years ago.

    -VR
  4. Standard memberDeputy Daddy
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    30 Nov '16 04:42
    Things definitely got alot easier to understand after the great vowel shift. The printing press and the standardization of the English language had something to do with the paradigm shift.
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    30 Nov '16 06:09
    Originally posted by Deputy Daddy
    Things definitely got alot easier to understand after the great vowel shift. The printing press and the standardization of the English language had something to do with the paradigm shift.
    Still very weird dialects within England though. For example in Hertfordshire and Berkshire all the E s sound like A s and all the As sound like Es for example Berkshire is pronounced barkshire
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    30 Nov '16 09:48
    Originally posted by Ashiitaka
    Still very weird dialects within England though. For example in Hertfordshire and Berkshire all the E s sound like A s and all the As sound like Es for example Berkshire is pronounced barkshire
    Pronunciations of both is fairly standard throughout England ... certainly not dialect words!!!
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    04 Dec '16 11:05
    Originally posted by Very Rusty
    This is what English sounded like 500 years ago, would you understand it?

    http://www.trendingly.com/olde-english

    Just copy and paste the aforementioned to watch the U-tube

    -VR
    Have a trip to Barnsley England and you will get a taste of old English spoken language .🙂
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  9. SubscriberSuzianne
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    06 Dec '16 13:32
    Originally posted by FMF
    [youtube English 600 Years ago]B5QAV6lOCnQ[/youtube]
    So which is it? 500 or 600 years ago?

    Your tag says one thing, but the link says another.
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    06 Dec '16 20:45
    Originally posted by Suzianne
    So which is it? 500 or 600 years ago?

    Your tag says one thing, but the link says another.
    Nearly 604 years ago.
    (It was published Jan 2013)
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    06 Dec '16 20:591 edit
    Originally posted by Suzianne
    So which is it? 500 or 600 years ago?

    Your tag says one thing, but the link says another.
    "Chaucerian English" was English as it was more or less 600 years ago.
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