6 Minute English - Is English really English?

Neil and Georgina discuss where the English language we use today really comes from.

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Hello, this is six minutes English from BBC learning English. I'm nail and I are you speaking a foreign language? Actually, I was saying good morning pleased to meet you in English, but not the English you and I speak that was Anglo-Saxon English the earliest form of English spoken in the Middle Ages between the 5th and 15th century many of the words. We use today have survived from Old English Beer wine drink fish bread. I am Mouse head hand foot life. Love laughter mother daughter sister brother son father Anglo-Saxon words, Latin and Greek.

A lot of English vocabulary came from there, but the history of English is the history of invasion, you know, when the army of one country fights to enter a control another country like the Roman invasion of Britain right now and later invasions to buy North speaking Vikings and Germanic Saxons. In fact, Georgina that reminds me of my quiz question and putting more than English if you don't mind 66 is remembered for a famous battle with the french-speaking Norman King William the Conqueror invaded England, but what is the name of the famous battle? Is it a the Battle of Waterloo day the Battle of Hastings or see the Battle of Trafalgar? I think it's B the Battle of Hastings another Old English word that but it's not just words that survived its would ending

To suffix is added to the end of a word to modify its meaning to make something plural as in one bird two birds or the nest in goodness and happiness and dumb as in Freedom and kingdom is talking about word suffixes to Oxford University Professor Andy Orchard for BBC Radio first program Word of Mouth.

I walked that worked at the beach on the most important verbs if we would say, you know, I texted my daughter I mean text is always lead comes from Laugh-In. I tweeted we still lacks to the Anglo-Saxon. Generally when I'm speaking this proportion. Can we stay is Old English? Can we say like a mount 80% in common parlance or to use a dab of Ranch weather in speech you'll be something like that and the written language less than the basic building blocks of who we are and what we think.

Professor Orchard estimate the 80% is spoken English in common parlance comes from Anglo-Saxon in common parlance means the words and vocabulary that most people use in ordinary everyday conversation piece of English. The basic parts are put together to make something like the way we see the world is Michael Rosen and professor and the orchard discussing the started on BBC Radio 4 program Word of Mouth.

Can we say that English speakers today around 3 a.m. To now view the world through Anglo-Saxon and I suppose it's always raining today. There was a retrospective element. There was still in Hamilton that well if you guys like that is the same words the same simple ideas that they inhabited what's extraordinary if you think about the history of English is despite the invitations by the notion by the Normans and then despite the years of Empire with bringing things back the English that was speaking today is still at its root English word still very much English.

Michael Rosen asks it English speakers see the world through Anglo-Saxon eyes when we see something through someone's eyes. We see it from that perspective that point of view on Professor Orchard reprise by saying that despite all the history of invasion and Empire the English we speak today is still Old English at heart a phrase used to say what something is really like wow so much history crammed into 6 minutes and now it's time for one more history fact. What's the name of the famous battle of 1066? What did you say Georgina? I said the Battle of Hastings, which was the correct answer the Battle of Hastings in 1066 played a big part in the Norman Conquest add mixing French words into the language arts through the air with an hour.

some of which exists because of invasions when one country enters and controls another phrase in common parlance means using ordinary everyday words building blocks are the basic parts used to make something to see things through someone's eyes means from their point of view to say well something is really like for this program join us again soon at 6 Minute English, but for now, isn't that by 60 english from BBC learning in
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