The History of English in Ten Minutes
I found a fast-paced and amusing video on the online learning site of The Open University, on the history of the English language. I think it is suitable for advanced English learners, although it was produced primarily for English speakers.
There are 10 parts, about 1 minute each. Links to the other parts are below the video.
If you like this, you'll love the additional video classes on this website.
There are six other Spanish tracks, about half of which are video.
Estoy seguro de que los disfrutarás tanto como que yo.
Thank you Pesta, really funny and clever.
However I object to all the bad publicity the Vikings always get: These Vikings were tall, blonde and well educated young men wearing fashionable garments and keen on trade and export/import business ventures. Naturally, they were invited in by the resident maidens who served them cups of broth and generally made them feel welcome. Only when the menfolk discovered that in the next few years there were a lot of charming blond, blue-eyed babies in the settlements did they start all this bad publicity about rape and pillage. The wimps!
But, as we all know, bad publicity sticks and instead of gratitude for the improved language , the more stylish clothing, the greater navigational skills, general style and statue, all that remains are accusations of plunder.
Tack för att ni lyssnar. Thank you for listening.
That is great! We were taught in primary school the Norman invasion was the start of the British occupation of Ireland, never-mind that the Normans spoke French and were as foreign in England as they were to us.
Hopefully it's a bit better nowadays! But they still teach kids about sex 3 years before they teach them about protection.