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Q: need tutorial to speek olde english ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: need tutorial to speek olde english
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: mxnmatch-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 29 Aug 2005 19:36 PDT
Expires: 28 Sep 2005 19:36 PDT
Question ID: 562014
I was recently at a renaissance festival and realized I need to
practice to be good at conversing in olde english. Are there any good
tutorials I can get? Perhaps a website or a book that can help me
believably talk in olde english?
Subject: Re: need tutorial to speek olde english
Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 29 Aug 2005 21:34 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello mxnmatch,

Here are four Web resources on "faire" language:

"Proper Elizabethan Accents" [also cited on the page mentioned by pinkfreud]
Ren Faire

"Elizabethan Language Guide"
Heart of the Forest Renaissance Faire

"Faire Speak," by Victoria A. Chavez and Melissa L. Holt
The Music of My Mind

"Renspeak Language Guide"
Rosalily's Renfest Regalia

- justaskscott

Search strategy --

Searched on Google for:

"renaissance faire" language links
"renaissance fair" language links
mxnmatch-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00
good stuff!

Subject: Re: need tutorial to speek olde english
From: tlspiegel-ga on 29 Aug 2005 20:03 PDT
Great question!  Perhaps these 2 links will help a 'little' bit.  :)

Best regards,
Subject: Re: need tutorial to speek olde english
From: pinkfreud-ga on 29 Aug 2005 20:23 PDT
I doubt that you actually want to learn "Old English." Old English is
virtually unintelligible to modern speakers of English. Here, as an
example, is the Lord's Prayer in Old English:

Fęder ure žu že eart on heofonum; Si žin nama gehalgod to becume žin
rice gewurže šin willa on eoršan swa swa on heofonum. urne
gedęghwamlican hlaf syle us todęg and forgyf us ure gyltas swa swa we
forgyfaš urum gyltendum and ne gelęd žu us on costnunge ac alys us of
yfele sožlice.

You might want to investigate Middle English and/or Elizabethan English:
Subject: Re: need tutorial to speek olde english
From: clint34-ga on 30 Aug 2005 05:01 PDT
I immediately thought of Chaucer: 
 Whan that April with his showres soote
The droughte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veine in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flowr;

Whan Zeperhis eeke with his sweete breath,
inspired hath, in every holt and heath....

Heck, I had to memorize that over 18 years ago, the whole
introduction, and now I can't seem to recall all of it...

Ah, by Google, I found it!
Subject: Re: need tutorial to speek olde english
From: myoarin-ga on 05 Sep 2005 16:18 PDT
You might also contact the Pilgrim Village Museum in Plymouth, Mass.
The guides there attempt to speak early 17th century English.  I
expect that the organization has some basis instructed the folks.

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