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The History of English
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Have you ever wondered how the English language became what it is today? This series traces the history of English from the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to modern times, explaining how various languages contributed new words to the English language throughout the centuries.

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The History of English - Anglo-Saxon

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

United Kingdom

Have you ever wondered why English seems to have roots in so many different languages? Here is a look at what words the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings brought to the English language.

The History of English - The Norman Conquest

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

United Kingdom

In 1066, William the Conqueror invaded Britain and brought with him fancy French words to add to the English language.

The History of English - Shakespeare

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

United Kingdom

This video shows us that Shakespeare invented over 2000 new words and phrases, such as "eyeball," "anchovy," and "puppy."

The History of English - The King James Bible

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

United Kingdom

Created in 1611, The King James Bible permanently shaped the English language with new phrases that are still in use today. How many of them do you know?

The History of English - The English of Science

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

United Kingdom

In the 17th Century, scientific research influenced the invention of English words relating to physics, chemistry, and anatomy.

The History of English - English and Empire

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

United Kingdom

The British Empire spread across the world starting in the late sixteenth century, bringing back many new words and phrases that were introduced into the English language.

The History of English - The Age of the Dictionary

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

United Kingdom

A look at how lexicographers started creating the Dictionary of the English Language to ensure that everyone spelled words correctly and knew their correct definition.

The History of English - American English

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

United Kingdom

A humorous look at American English from a British point of view.

The History of English - Global English

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

United Kingdom

Hindi-English, Chinese-English, and Singaporean-English are discussed and we're introduced to some fun words, such as “badmash” (noun, a bad person in Hinglish) or “chope” (verb, to set aside a place in a fast food restaurant by setting down an object like a hankie or magazine in Singlish).

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