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Old English (Ænglisc, Anglisc, Englisc, pronounced [ˈæŋgliʃ]) or Anglo-Saxon[1] is an early form of the English language that was spoken and written by the Anglo-Saxons and their descendants in parts of what are now England and southern and eastern Scotland between at least the mid-5th century and the mid-12th century. What survives through writing represents primarily the literary register of Anglo-Saxon. From the 9th century, Old English experienced heavy influence from Old Norse, a member of the related North Germanic group of languages.

As Old English no longer has any native speakers, it is considered an extinct language.

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Anglo-Saxon text

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Podcasts

Learning Material

Reading

Video

  • Síen Ése ond Wene mid éow  - Series of lessons including (not that good) pronunciation and basic phrases.
  • Leornende Eald Englisc - A YouTube channel dedicated to teaching Old English. (Avoid at all costs. Totally bogus and unhistorical.)
  • The Ænglisc League - A YouTube channel dedicated to reviving Old English. (Made by the same guy who made Leornende Eald Englisc. Avoid.)

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Germanic Languages
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