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How to speak old english? Answered

what would be the correct way to reply to 'good day fair maiden, how do you fare?' using old english,...?

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misha.horan
misha.horan

8 years ago

So I am confused, can anyone help me speak old english, cos I like totally suck and I really need to know how to. Its very important

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adrianpscott
adrianpscott

Answer 5 years ago

f yo need help with speaking old english, just watch the episode of futurama where Bender joins the mafia ( season 2)

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seandogue
seandogue

11 years ago

I fair well good sir, and thee?

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rgraham3
rgraham3

Answer 9 years ago

I am unsure why people consider this to be "Old English". English began in the 5th century and to hear it today it sounds like a completely different language. Most modern English speaking people can not speak nor understand TRUE old English.

What you are talking about here was considered late middle to early modern English.

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seandogue
seandogue

Answer 9 years ago

facepalm. Thank goodness I live in America, where old English is just the provenance of pedantic Language Arts majors.

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rgraham3
rgraham3

Answer 9 years ago

Now this translator is truly in Old English. Not that thee and thou you are calling Old English.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 11 years ago

Necessary but not sufficient.  The grammar also changed, in particular with the imposition of those "cheese eating surrender monkeys" and their peculiar language.  And, as Orksecurity said, the Great Vowel Shift threw a spanner into the works as well.

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orksecurity
orksecurity

Answer 11 years ago

And if you websearch for "Beowulf audio" you'll find some recordings.

A song for the linguists and historians in the audience:
http://www.echoschildren.org/NonCDlyrics/Yogh.html

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 11 years ago

Interesting link ! Thanks

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kelseymh
kelseymh

11 years ago

That would be Middle English, in any event.  For Old English, start with German and go from there.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

Either:

I fare well / poorly, good sir. (accompany with curtsey and roughish smile if desired)

Or

>slap<

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NobodyInParticular
NobodyInParticular

11 years ago

 I believe that you are looking for archaic Modern English (~1600) or possibly Middle English (~1400). Old-fashioned Modern English like Shakespeare's might sound a bit odd, but it's still basically understandable to present-day speakers.

With Middle English like Chaucer used, you can get the gist of what they're saying, but only if it's written down. Old English (~1000) as was used in Beowulf is a very different language. You would probably have an easier time trying to puzzle out present-day German or Dutch.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Vowel_Shift
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Canterbury_Tales
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beowulf
http://www.renfaire.com/Language/

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jtobako
jtobako

11 years ago

Depends on who is asking and who is answering and how you wish to be perceived-both social class and, um, availability.

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Koosie
Koosie

11 years ago

Do you mean old English like:  I doth fair appropriately and how be thee on this fine Summers morn?

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JimFlo
JimFlo

11 years ago

Just imitate the queen, she is old and english, and has impeccable manners...

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orksecurity
orksecurity

11 years ago

Warning: Getting the pronunciation right is a further complication. The Great Vowel Shift, among other things.