The Amazing and Continuing History of the English Language

I’m not sure why, but one of my life’s little passions is the dabbling in the history of the English language. I suppose it comes from studying and speaking other languages. If you share my interest, you may be interested in the recent resources that I’ve found.


You can find the other 9 minutes HERE

  • The award-winning CBC radio broadcast: The History of the English Language in 28 Minutes. It is especially strong in demonstrating what Old English and Middle English sound like.

The History of the English Language in 28 Minutes
You can hear past broadcast of the CBC program “And Sometimes Y” HERE

  • Another great radio show on the English language is NPR’s A Way With Words.
    Here, people call in and ask the two host questions about various words and expressions that baffle our everyday use.
  • I would also recommend the book by Bill Bryson, The Mother Tongue: English and how it got that way. If you don’t want to read the book…here’s a video of a couple summarizing the book (with rather heavy foreign accents)…

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  • Here’s yet another History of English in 10 minutes….not as fun and interesting, however
  • And if you’re interested even more in Old English, this is a video of someone reading a long text…

If you are still interested….here are a few fun videos about the distinct American accent of the English language.

Emma Watson speaking “American” to David Letterman

And an interesting video on what “American” sounds like to the British…