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Tuesday, November 1st, 2005, 09:39 PM
Old English in Context

Hwt! This is the first word of Beowulf, where translators render it variously as Lo, Listen, Hear me, and Yes. There is in fact no translation equivalent in Modern English, and using a dictionary isn't much help. To understand this word, you must see how it is used in a number of contexts: i.e., in Old English texts. It is the premise of the present book that all words in another language ought to be learned in context, and that they can be learned in this way.

Hwt! (the electronic book) is designed for those who would like to learn some basic Old English without having to hold a grammar book in one hand and a dictionary in the other. It is based on the notion that at least some aspects of the language can be acquired simply by reading.

Hwt! (http://www.georgetown.edu/faculty/ballc/hwaet/hwaet06.html)

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005, 09:46 PM
Hehe, I got all excited when I saw the title of this thread. :P

Anyways, the site you listed is a great site about Old English. I've skimmed through it many times in the past and it is very informative.

Old English is a very fascinating language. I would very much like to learn it some day. This may be of interest. http://www.georgetown.edu/labyrinth/library/oe/texts/a4.1.html It's the entire story of Beowulf in Old English (or Saxon as they call it). I don't believe that there is much (if any) difference between Old English and Old Saxon. Blutwlfin, do you know of any differences?