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    Are you sure you speak English?

    At the link is a recording of a modern-day linguist reading a 500-year-old, funny poem about a parrot. It's in English but a person would hardly recognize the language. If you understand a little Latin, French or German it might help...or not. Perhaps that's why it's called 'Speke Parrot'.

    I've tried it looking at the subtitles and with my eyes closed and have concluded that if that's English, I don't speak it!

    Have a try, see if you can understand 500-year-old spoken English/AKA Speke Parrot. Anyone who comes up with a translation gets a gold star! And no, I don't know how they've figured out the pronunciation.

    http://i100.independent.co.uk/articl...o--b1leV6aXmLg
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    Movies provide a fascinating insight into how American English has changed in just a century, I think. But you need to be a fan of very old movies to appreciate the difference.
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    The subtitles were easier to understand than the speech.

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    It sounds like more of a Scottish or Welsh accent - not a sniff of English english intonation!

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    Lol I remember struggling with Chaucer when I did English A Level. Very similar, but when you get used to it, you can see/hear the basis of modern English in there.



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