Ye Olde English.

/Ye Olde English.

What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur sounded like.

Chaucer’s English is the weirdest for me to listen to, since it sounds a lot like a half-half transition between English and Old Norse, even moreso than Old English does (which I can “understand” more from knowing a bit of ON than I can from speaking modern English).

Basically, modern English is super, super modern. Which makes the stereotype we have of people in Ye Olde Medieval Fantasy England speaking in RP… interesting.

2018-11-26T07:58:33+00:0020th April, 2015|Tags: english|