Saturday, October 17, 2015

Episode 5: Reading Work

In this episode we cover the basics of how to listen to and read Old English in larger chunks. We dive right into the deep end and cover an excerpt of Ælfric's colloquy.

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I am not going to provide a transcript of the excerpt, because it is better if you try to understand it without looking at a translation or even a transcribed version. However, below is link to Henry Sweet's book containing the Old English text. You'll notice that I have not given you all of the words in the text as vocabulary, and you really do need a dictionary. There are several online ones listed in the resources page and if you have hard copies of any grammar books then in the back of them is a limited dictionary.
Henry Sweet's First Steps in Anglo Saxon

Here is a link that takes you to the Memrise study group that listener Chas started.
Memories Study Group


Available under tag 5 in the anki deck and at the Memrise page.

Swelċ - such,;adj.
Sēo nǣdre - snake, serpent; wk. noun
Wyrċan - make, form, produce; I str. verb
Sēo eorþe - earth; wk. noun
Þæt wīf - woman, wife; wk. noun
Sēo trēow - faith, trust; wk. noun
Andwyrdan - answer; I str. verb
Se wæstm - fruit, result;wk. noun
Se neorxenawang - Paradise; wk. noun
Bebēodan - command, commend; II str. verb
Witan  -know; preterite present verb
Þæt sōþ - truth; str. noun
Se engel - angel; str. noun
Æġþer  - each, both; pronoun
Þæt yfel - evil, harm; wk. noun
Sēon - look, see; V str. verb
Se wer - man, husband; str. noun
Þā bēġen - both (pl.)
Wearþan- become, happen; III str. verb
Eft - again, afterwards, back; adv.


  1. Am I the only one who doesn't see this new vocab in the Anki deck?

  2. Is there an ETA for the next episode? :)