Anglo-Saxons Today


I do not intend to go through the exact details of how and when Anglo-Saxon English came into being. That is for scholars far better educated in Anglo-Saxon English than I to tell you. The websites of such places are given below. However, there is a definite Early English language and there are several books and CD's to get, that can help you learn.

I have only recently started to learn Anglo-Saxon English. The book I am using is the one by Stephen Pollington called, First Steps in Old English, by Anglo-Saxon Books, ISBN 978 189828138 2. It's a great book, but I'll need to get the CD's to help with pronunciation. I'm not very good at it yet, but I'll carry on trying.

What I have found when trying to learn Old English, is how many of the words I'm trying to learn are similar to the modern English words we speak today. Some words are even spelt the same, after all this is where modern English is derived from. There is however, a question of how useful Old English can be in the modern day, given the many modern names of things, and modern terminologies that exist today. For example, how do you say atomic, nuclear or motorbike, in Anglo-Saxon? Or television, electric or electric train? Many words in Anglo-Saxon English are very different but mean things that we know quite well. For example;

scip doesn't mean skip, but mean's and is pronounced ship.

secgan means say.

Some of the Anglo-Saxon words that mean the same today are; God means God, and (or ond) means and, or his which means his, dependent on their usage. Then there are Anglo-Saxon words that have a hint of modern meaning, such as; Englaland means England, hunta means hunter, munt meaning hill or mound.

If we are to bring about an Anglo-Saxon revival into the 21st century, we have to expand the language to include references to the modern world. Many words may have to be created, many may just need combining one or more OE words together. What I propose is, that some expert(s) in Anglo-Saxon Old English, who think they could set up a place, not only to promote and maintain Anglo-Saxon English, but also to improve it in the way I've described. If there is anyone out there who might wish to do this then please let me know through the contact me page of this website.

The place could be called something like, "The Centre for Anglo-Saxon Study and Revival." It's primary goal would be to support the Anglo-Saxon revival in modern times as indicated by this website. However, nothing will be possible without the many ordinary people who might want revive the Anglo-Saxon style of living, and become modern day Anglo-Saxons.

At any rate, if you who are viewing this website and feel that you can contribute new words to the Anglo-Saxon English language then drop me an email through the contact me web page. Remember, this is a serious attempt at Anglo-Saxon revival, so no silly stuff, OK?

There are various forms of writing as we know today even using modern English. However, even the style of writing used in the original text of Beowulf can now be recreated using true type fonts. The true type font is actually called Beowulf1. If you look in Stephen Pollington's book, on page 145, you'll see what I mean.

Here are some Websites to help you learn Old English (Anglo-Saxon English.)

For various true type fonts you can use these websites.

For the Beowulf font and others.

For other fonts.

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