The Open University offers great study opportunities and free online courses and the one I am going to recommend you today is the funniest and shortest ever! It is about The History of English and it only lasts Ten Minutes! It is a set of 10 podcasts that are simply perfect and both teachers and students can get the proper information in just almost a minute each!
Take a look at it and enjoy the vast information and just pay attention to the best set of … funny examples!
May long live… English!
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Tracks in this podcast:
|1||Anglo-Saxon||A look at what words the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings bought to the English language. Play nowAnglo-Saxon|
|2||The Norman Conquest||In 1066, William the Conqueror invaded Britain and bought with him fancy French words to add to the English language. Play nowThe Norman Conquest|
|3||Shakespeare||This video tells us that Shakespeare invented over 2000 new words and phrases like eyeball, anchovy and puppy. Play nowShakespeare|
|4||The King James Bible||Illustrating that in 1611, the new King James Bible was created and gave us many famous phrases. Play nowThe King James Bible|
|5||The English of Science||In the 17th Century, new science words were being created like acid, ovary and tonsil. Play nowThe English of Science|
|6||English and Empire||Exploring how the British Empire spread across the world bringing back many new words and phrases. Play nowEnglish and Empire|
|7||The Age of the Dictionary||A look at how lexicographers started creating the Dictionary of the English Language to ensure that everyone spelt words correctly and knew their correct definition. Play nowThe Age of the Dictionary|
|8||American English||Learn about American-English and how some American words were actually English to start with. Play nowAmerican English|
|9||Internet English||Exploring the expansion of internet language, with abbreviations like lol and btw. Play nowInternet English|
|10||Global English||The future of English and the many hybrids that have been created. Should we still call it English? Play nowGlobal English|