Monday, August 31, 2015

Episode 3: The Things We Do and Did

In this, the last installment of the "intro" segment we go over the basics of the Old English verbs forms, and we listen to an actual excerpt of an Old English text.

Check out this episode!

In case you missed it, here is the Intro Presentation one last time.

Ælfric's Colloquy Excerpt

Hwæt seġst þū, scēaphierde? Hæfst þū ǣniġ ġedeorf?
Ġiese lēof, iċ hæbbe miċel ġedeorf! On ǣrnemergen iċ drīfe mīn scēap tō lǣswe. Siþþan stande iċ ofer hīe mid hundum, þȳ lǣs þe wulfas hīe forswelgen. Þonne lǣde iċ hīe on ǣfen onġēan tō hira locum. Iċ hīe melce tuwa on dæġe. Iċ macie buteran and ċīese. And iċ eom mīnum hlāforde ġetrīewe.

Ēalā oxanhierde, hwæt dēst þū?

Lā lēof, iċ swince þearle! Þonne se ierþling þā oxan onġeocaþ, þonne lǣde iċ hīe tō lǣswe; and ealle niht iċ stande ofer hīe waciende for þēofum; and þæs on morgenne iċ hīe betǣċe eft þǣm ierþlinge, wel ġefylde and ġewæterode.

Yay! Verb conjugation tables!


Please, please, please try a spaced repetition software such as Anki or Memrise, they really do make memorization much easier, and it saves you a lot of time not going over already learned cards before you really need to.
I have created an Anki deck that goes with this podcast and will be updated whenever we add to our vocabulary list for the show. You can find it here.

Ac - but, however
And - and
Āsettan - to set up, set
Ǣniġ - any
Ǣr - before, previously
Se cræft - trade or skill
Cuman - to come
Cunnan - to know how to,
Se cyning - king
Se dæġ - day
Dōn - to do, make or take
Drīfan - to drive
Sēo ēa - river
Ēac - also
Ēalā - hello, alas
Eall - all, every
Fōn - to catch or acquire
Gān - to go or walk
Ġēa - yes, yeah
Þæt ġedeorf - toil, hardship
Se ġefēra - companion, comrade
Ġiese - yes (emphatic)
Habban - to have or hold
Hāl - whole, unhurt
Se hām - home
Hwæt - what
Hwelċ - which
Sēo hwīl - time, while, sometimes
Hīeran - to obey, harken to, hear
Hū - how
Se hund - hound, dog
Libban - to live
Lā - lo! oh!
Lēof - love, beloved
Mid - with
Miċel - large, many, big
Se munuc - munk
Nese - no (adamant)
Niht - night
Ofer - over
Oþ - up to, until
Oþþe - or
Sēo sæ - sea
Sculan - to have to, must, or ought to
Secgan - to say or tell
Siþþan - afterwards, later
Standan - to stand
Stearc - stark

Sēo stōw - place
Sum - some, a certain
Swincan - to labor, toil, or perform

Swā - so, thus
Swīþe - very, exceedingly
Weorpan - to throw or cast
Willan - to wish, want, or desire
Wrītan - to write, inscribe
Ymb - concerning, with regard to
Þus - thus
Sēo ċeaster - city, town, village

I know it seems like a long list of vocal words, but if you take another look you'll see that quite a few are very familiar. This list correspond to words tagged with "3" in the anki deck provided above.


  1. I was planning on setting up a study class on Memrise. I will of course send you a link once it's up and running, but before I get to the point where I set it to public I wanted to ask, would it be okay to use audio clips in it?

  2. Absolutely, I think it's a great idea, I'm just not very familiar with Memrise so I chose to put up an Anki deck.

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  4. I just want to thank you, Bob, for the Anki deck. I'm a bit behind in studying the vocab, and it's very useful to be able to filter by tags so I'm not overwhelmed.

  5. BTW, you might want to fix this spelling in your Anki deck: "part of speach" :)

  6. Oh never mind I just realized that that is probably the Anki developer's error. I'll email him.

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  8. Ymb þæt Englisc ðē on þǣre sendunge is ġefunden, "iċ gā tō se tūn" nis riht. Þū ne brūcest þā fiellas; "iċ gā tō þǣm tūne" wǣre riht.

    Eac nis "hē hafaþ miċelne hūs" riht, þæs wordes fiell is, ac "-ne" is ǣnliċe mid "se"-wordum ġebrocen, and hūs is "þæt"-word, hit sceolde wesan "hē hafað miċel hūs".

    (Agh, writing Old English is hard, especially since I'm correcting grammar and so the "internet grammar pressure" is turned up to 11, so to speak)